1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at New York grocery store

1 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at New York grocery store

Police named Wilson as a person of interest and decribed him as wearing a black baseball cap and a black sweatshirt.

There were around "a couple hundred" people inside the store, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told reporters.

Police said the suspect, 31-year-old Gabriel Dewitt Wilson, was apprehended Tuesday afternoon following an hourslong search.

Ryder says the shooting took place in the grocery building's second floor in the manager's office. Witnesses told police Wilson had a small handgun.

Wilson, a shopping cart wrangler at the store, went to the offices immediately after arriving for work, wounding a man and a woman in one room before going down the hall and killing a 49-year-old store manager, Ryder said.

Later Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his office was "closely monitoring" the situation and he had directed the New York State Police to assist local authorities with the ongoing manhunt.

John Durso, president of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, a union that represents numerous workers at the store, said he was "devastated" by the shooting.

West Hempstead in Nassau County is located just a few miles east of Queens in New York City.

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

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

The local head of the union representing many workers at the store said leadership was devastated and representatives were on the scene.

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

"The working people at Stop & Shop are essential workers and ensured that all of our communities, including West Hempstead, had what they needed to navigate the pandemic", he continued. These workers have been through a tremendous amount and should never have to fear for their safety.

Stop & Shop issued a statement saying it was "shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence that occurred at our store", according to WNBC-TV.

Dozens of ambulances and police vehicles remain on the scene outside the store.

'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, adding that the store would be closed until further notice.

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