A gunman who worked at a grocery store allegedly opened fire inside the manager’s office, killing one employee and injuring two others. Police took the suspected gunman, Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, into custody on Tuesday afternoon about four hours after the shooting at the Stop & Shop store.
It was not clear whether Wilson, 31, was still working at the grocery store in West Hempstead, a hamlet in Long Island, New York.
The shooting occurred around 11am in an office above the shopping floor while a ‘couple hundred’ customers were in the building, according to Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
The man who was killed was a 49-year-old employee, Ryder said. His identity was not immediately released. Two others who were injured were taken to a hospital, conscious and alert.
Wilson, carrying a small handgun and wearing all black clothing, fled westbound. A few hours later, police on the manhunt gathered east of the grocery store in Hempstead. Wilson was from Hempstead and Long Beach, according to The New York Times.
Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid stated that the company is ‘shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence’ and that the grocery store would stay closed until further notice.
‘Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, our associates, customers and the first responders who have responded heroically to this tragic situation’, Reid said.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed state police to help local law enforcement in the search for the suspect.
‘I’m praying for the victims, and my heart breaks for their families and loved ones’, Cuomo said in a statement.
Charges against Wilson were not immediately disclosed.
Tuesday’s incident comes amid a surge in mass shootings across the US. A shooting on March 22 killed 10 people shopping at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
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