3 People Shot in a Long Island Grocery Store Less Than a Week after the FedEx Tragedy

Laura Beatham
Apr 21, 2021
09:30 A.M.
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Three people were shot on Tuesday in a Long Island Grocery supermarket less than a week after the shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.

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On Tuesday, a gunman opened fire on a Stop & Shop in Long Island. Three people were shot, one of the victims died while the two sustained injuries and were taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.

The Nassau Police department shared the news of an active shooter on their official Twitter page on Tuesday. Local schools were notified to lockdown, and residents were urged to stay inside. 

A blue police car speeds into action. | Photo: Shutterstock

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The attack occurred just before 12 pm in West Hempstead, 27 miles east of New York City, in the upstairs manager's office. The gunman fatally shot the store manager and injured a male and female employee.

The Nassau Police tweeted that they had a suspect in custody. A 31-year-old man, Gabriel Dewitt Wilson, was identified as a person of interest as Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder stated

"That person of interest we believe is the shooter. He left the scene and he was still carrying the handgun."

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Wilson is believed to be an employee or former employee of the store. However, Local 338 President John Durso, whose union represents many of the employees, stated there were no indicators that anything was wrong.

The shooting took place at a Stop & Shop at 50 Cherry Valley Road, late in the morning when there were many customers. Ryder stated that there were around 100 shoppers at the time of the shooting. 

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After the shooting, Wilson fled the scene and reportedly caught a bus to escape. Police later received a tip-off to a local building where he was taken into custody. An investigation into the motive is underway. 

This shooting comes after the massing shooting at a FedEx facility, Thursday, April 5. A gunman killed eight people before killing himself. Officials later identified the shooter as a former employee. 

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