NEW YORK – At least one person was killed and two injured after a gunman opened fire in a manager’s office in a grocery store on Long Island on Tuesday, police said.
Patrick Ryder, Nassau County Police Commissioner called Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, as a person interested in the shootings, told reporters the suspect escaped from the scene at the Stop and Shop in West Hempstead, New York and headed west on a turnpike.
Ryder said the suspect, a black man, was dressed all in black and armed with a small pistol. He said the man may be a current or former employee of the grocery store.
The person killed was a 49-year-old shop clerk, Ryder said. There were a few hundred buyers in the store and the shooting took place in a manager’s office upstairs, he said.
Police tweeted a photo of Wilson and asked the public to call 911 if they saw him.
Scott Santomero, Nassau County Police Officer, confirmed to the US that TODAY officials responded to a call by shooting at Stop and Shop before noon on Tuesday.
In one TweetThe department advised residents to stay inside. Officials have “scouted the area and notified nearby schools to cordon off and secure their buildings.”
In a statement, Gordon Reid, president of Stop and Shop, said he was “shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence”.
“Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, our employees, customers and first responders who responded heroically to this tragic situation. We are currently fully cooperating with the local law enforcement agencies in the investigation,” said Reid.
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West Hempsteads School District said in a Facebook post The buildings were in a “lockout” and advised the public to stay away.
West Hempstead in Nassau County is just a few miles east of Queens in New York City.
The shoot is the latest in recent series of incidents involving public active shooters in the United States;; Several people were shot dead in a Wisconsin tavern and a FedEx facility in Indianapolis over the past week.
This is breaking news and will be updated.