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Gabriel DeWitt Wilson was identified as the person of interest sought in the West Hempstead shooting of three people at a Long Island Stop & Shop grocery store on April 20, 2021.
“The Person of Interest involved is Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, age 30. He is approx. 6’2″ & wearing a black baseball hat and a black sweatshirt, & was last seen heading westbound on Hempstead Turnpike. Please call 911 immediately if you have any information,” the Nassau County Police Department wrote on Twitter.
The Nassau County police and the county executive confirmed the shooting midday on April 20, 2020. It comes as the country reels from a series of mass shootings. Stop & Shop is a popular grocery store.
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Authorities labeled the shooting as an active shooter incident. Nassau County Police wrote: “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 subject has not been apprehended yet & we ask that area residents remain indoors.”
There has been an active shooter incident at the West Hempstead Stop & Shop. Police are canvassing the area & schools nearby have been notified to lock down and secure their buildings. @NassauCountyPD is asking all area residents to remain indoors. Suspect is not yet apprehended.
— Laura Curran (@NassauExecutive) April 20, 2021
Nassau County Police wrote: “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 subject has not been apprehended yet & we ask that area residents remain indoors.”
According to NBC New York, three people were shot and one person is deceased. Police later confirmed that report, writing that they “can confirm that 3 people were shot inside the West Hempstead Stop & Shop; 2 are in the hospital & there was one fatality.”
DEVELOPING: One person was killed and two people were injured in a shooting at a Long Island grocery store, Nassau County police said https://t.co/t8aPrbLoKh pic.twitter.com/eR0pmJ0Cp1
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) April 20, 2021
According to the New York Daily News, the deceased victim is a 49-year-old employee of the store. The supermarket is located on Cherry Valley Road. According to ABC New York, the grocery store was evacuated.
BREAKING: There are reports of a shooting at a Stop and Shop in West Hempstead. We are on the way. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/XudQ1Z9Qxr
— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) April 20, 2021
The suspect is believed to be at large and may have jumped on a bus to get away, according to NBC New York. The suspect’s motive is not yet clear. Police have not said whether the shooting was a targeted or random attack.
CBS New York reported the suspect was wearing all black and a mask.
5TownsCentral reported that the suspect might be a former employee who targeted store managers. The New York Post reported he is either a current or former employee at the grocery store.
The New York Daily News reported that Wilson, “was inside an upstairs manager’s office when he pulled a small handgun and opened fire.” The victims’ names are not known.
The News 12 chopper was live above the scene. Police officers could be seen outside the store’s door.
The West Hempstead School District wrote on Twitter: “Good morning. This is a message from the West Hempstead School District. We were informed by the police that there is an activity in the area. We are presently in a lockout and we’ll inform you when it is over. Please do not come to the buildings. Everyone is safe. Thank you.”
The shooting reports come as the nation is reeling from a series of mass shootings, including at a tavern in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spas in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.
People expressed shock on social media. “wtf the stop and shop in West Hempstead just got shot up .. that’s too close to home,” wrote one person on Twitter. “Active shooter shot 3 people 2 blocks from my house on long island. One dead. Shooter on the run. Stop and shop West hempstead,” wrote another.
The conditions of the injured people are not yet clear, but they were taken to the hospital.