New York, 20 April 2021 (tca/dpa/MIA) – A gunman man opened fire in a Long Island grocery store Tuesday, killing a colleague and wounding at least two others, officials said.
The gunman, identified as Gabriel DeWitt Wilson — believed to be a current or former employee of the Stop & Shop in West Hempstead — ran off and has not been caught, sparking lockdowns in the area.
Wilson, 31, was inside an upstairs manager’s office when he pulled a small handgun and opened fire about 11:15 a.m. as scores of people shopped below, a Nassau County police spokesman said.
One 49-year-old employee died at the scene. Two others were hospitalized.
As chaos ensued and those who heard the shots started heading toward the exists, Wilson slipped away and may have left the area on a bus.
More than 150 officers were out searching for him, the spokesman said. All area schools were put on lockdown.
“There has been an active shooter incident at a West Hempstead Stop & Shop,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said in a statement. “Police are canvassing the area and schools nearby have been notified to lock down and secure their buildings. Nassau County PD is asking all area residents to remain indoors. Suspect is not yet apprehended.”
The West Hempstead School District put themselves in a “lockout mode” until the gunman has been apprehended.
“We were informed by the police that there is activity in the area,” the school district said on Twitter. “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.”