NEW YORK – At least one person was killed and two injured after a shooter opened fire inside a manager’s office at a Long Island grocery store Tuesday, police said.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder named Gabriel DeWitt Wilson as a person of interest in the shooting and told reporters the suspect fled the scene at the Stop and Shop in West Hempstead, New York, heading west on a turnpike.
Ryder said the suspect, a Black man, was dressed in all black and believed to be armed with a small handgun. He said the man may be a current or former employee of the grocery store.
The person killed was a 49-year-old store employee, Ryder said. A couple hundred shoppers were inside the store when the shooting broke out, 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 officers were responding to a call before noon Tuesday of possible shots fired at the Stop and Shop.
In a tweet, the department said a suspect had not been apprehended and advised residents to remain indoors. Officers were “canvassing the area & nearby schools have been notified to lock down & secure their buildings.”
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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran also tweeted police were responding to the active shooting and the suspect had not been arrested.
West Hempstead’s school district said in a Facebook post its buildings were in a “lockout” and advised the public to stay away.
The reports of the shooting come amid a recent string of public active shooter incidents in the U.S.; multiple people were gunned down at a tavern in Wisconsin and a FedEx in Indianapolis within the last week.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.