- A man, woman and child were dead at a Publix supermarket Thursday, officials said.
- The shooter was among the dead, officials said.
- The incident was not an active shooter situation, officials said.
ROYAL PALM BEACH, Florida — Detectives were investigating a shooting that left three people dead in a Publixsupermarket in Royal Palm Beach on Thursday morning, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
A man, woman and child were killed, and the shooter was among the dead, officials said. It was not immediately clear which person was the shooter.
“This was NOT an active shooter situation,” Teri Barbera, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said in a statement.
Multiple patrol cars arrived at The Crossroads shopping center shortly before noon. A sheriff’s officehelicopter hovered in the air above the store, and a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue vehicle was at the scene.
Barbera said detectives from the office’s Violent Crimes Division were on the scene investigating.
“Detectives are in the beginning stages of determining what led up to the shooting,” Barbera said. “More information will be released when it becomes available.”
Nearby residents expressed shock as they reacted to the fatal shootings.
“This is a friendly Publix. I can’t believe this crazy thing happened,” said Tracy Greene, who often shops at the store.
“This is not a Publix problem. This is a people problem,” said Oahtee Moody, a Royal Palm Beach resident who lives across the street from the Publix. “I was born and raised here, and I never would expect this to happen.”
Publix has more than 1,200 stores across seven states in the Southeast U.S. Maria Brous, a Publix spokesperson, told USA TODAY the company was cooperating with local law enforcement.
“Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by this tragedy,” Brous said.
Royal Palm Beach is a village of about 40,000 people, according to Census Bureau data. The village is about 15 miles inland, west of West Palm Beach.