NEW YORK – At least one person was killed and two injured after a gunman opened fire in the office of a manager at a Long Island grocery store on Tuesday, police said.
Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Commissioner appointed Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, as someone interested in the shooting, told reporters the suspect fled the scene at the Stop and Shop in West Hempstead, New York, heading west on a toll highway.
Ryder said the suspect, a black man, was dressed in black and was allegedly armed with a small handgun. He said the man could be a current or former employee of the grocery store.
The person killed was a 49-year-old store worker, Ryder said. A few hundred customers were inside the store and the shooting took place in an upstairs manager’s office, he said.
Police tweeted a photo of Wilson and asked the public to call 911 if they saw him.
Nassau County Police Officer Scott Santomero confirmed to USA TODAY that officers were responding to a call before noon Tuesday of shots fired at the Stop and Shop.
In one Tweeter, the ministry advised residents to stay indoors. Officers “were surveying the area and neighboring schools were advised to lock down and secure their buildings.
In a statement, Stop and Shop president Gordon Reid said he was “shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence.”
“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, our associates, customers and first responders who have heroically responded to this tragic situation. At this time, we are fully cooperating with local law enforcement on the investigation,” he said. said Reid.
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The West Hempstead School District said in a Facebook post that its buildings were “on lockdown” and advised the public to stay away.
Reports of the shooting come amid a recent spate of public active sniper incidents in the United States; several people were gunned down at a Wisconsin tavern and FedEx in Indianapolis last week.
West Hempstead in Nassau County is located a few miles east of Queens, New York.
This is breaking news and will be updated.