1 dead, 2 injured after shooting in manager’s office at NY grocery store


NEW YORK (WFLA) — Police in New York say they’re searching for a gunman that shot several people at a Long Island grocery store on Tuesday.

The shooting happened at a Stop & Shop in West Hempstead on Tuesday afternoon. A police spokesperson confirmed in a brief news conference at the scene that one person was killed and two others were injured.

The name of the victims have not been made public. The man who was killed was a 49-year-old store employee, according to Ryder. The two wounded were hospitalized and were conscious and alert.

The spokesperson told reporters at the scene that the shooting happened inside a manager’s office in the store.

A manhunt is underway after the suspected gunman, identified by police as 30-year-old Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, allegedly shot the three victims in an upstairs office at the Stop & Shop in West Hempstead before fleeing the scene.

Gabriel DeWitt Wilson. Nassau County police photo.

Police described Wilson as 6 feet 2 inches tall, and about 30 years old. Wilson was last seen wearing a black baseball hat and sweatshirt.

Police said that man is still at large and, according to NBC 4, may have jumped on a nearby bus to escape. The police spokesperson could not confirm reports about the man getting on a bus, but did tell reporters that he was last seen heading west on the turnpike.

The Nassau County Police Department tweeted just after 12 p.m. asking people living nearby to stay indoors.

“There has been an active shooter situation at the West Hempstead Stop & Shop. The #NassauCountyPD is canvassing the area & nearby schools have been notified to lock down & secure their buildings,” the tweet said.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder there were about a “couple hundred” shoppers inside the store around 11 a.m. when the shooting took place, although the office is away from the shopping floor.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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