1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Long Island grocery store

Elias Hubbard
April 21, 2021

One person was killed and two people were injured in a shooting at a Long Island grocery store, Nassau County police said Tuesday.

Nassau County Police have not yet offered details surrounding the arrest of 30-year-old Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, who allegedly walked into the West Hempstead supermarket before opening fire in a manager's office on the second floor. Stay with News 12 for more. The police said they were "canvassing the area", that a slew of area schools were locked down, and that a "person of interest" had "not been apprehended yet".

Police the person who was killed was a 49-year-old Stop & Shop employee.

"I was in the store in the produce department, minding my business, doing my weekly shopping, and I heard what sounded like gun shots, but I never thought that anything like that would happen in the store, so I assumed it was something that just fell over in the service area", one shopper told New York City ABC affiliate WABC-TV.

Police said Wilson had been employed at the store but it wasn't immediately clear if he still worked there.

The person of interest wanted in connection to a fatal shooting at the West Hempstead Stop & Shop is now in custody.

Nassau County police officer Scott Santomero confirmed to USA TODAY officers were responding to a call before noon Tuesday of shots fired at the Stop and Shop.

Long Island Stop & Shop Shooter
Gabriel Dewitt Wilson. Image via the Nassau County N.Y. Police Department

The shooting in West Hempstead followed a rash of recent mass shootings across the county, including one on March 22 that left 10 people dead at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.

Video of the aftermath of the shooting showed police cars and ambulances parked in front of the store, officers carrying long guns and yellow crime scene tape draped across the entrance.

Neighbors were asked to remain indoors.

Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid said the store would be closed until further notice.

"I'm praying for the victims, and my heart breaks for their families and loved ones", Cuomo said in a statement shared on Twitter.

News 12 cameras were rolling as authorities converged at a building about two miles away from the store, near Terrace Avenue in Hempstead.

Stop & Shop is a grocery chain in the northeastern USA owned by the Dutch company Ahold Delhaize.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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