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Police: West Hempstead Stop & Shop Shooting Suspect Was Employee At Store

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Scott Davidson

Nassau County Police say they have apprehended the suspect in a shooting at a grocery store in Hempstead, Long Island. Police say the shooter is a current or former worker at the store.

Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said around midday, 31-year-old Gabriel DeWitt Wilson went upstairs to the manager’s office at the Stop & Shop on Cherry Valley Road and started shooting.

The manager of the store died. Two others were taken to the hospital and are helping investigators.

“We probably had a couple of 100 shoppers in the store at the time. You saw the line trying to get out. We stopped the question to make sure we have anybody that was a witness. Their information is being given to a homicide unit who's doing the investigation,” Ryder said.

Ryder said DeWitt Wilson fled with a small handgun. There were some 150 police searching the area. He was found a few hours later in Hempstead.

Charles is senior reporter focusing on special projects. He has won numerous awards including an IRE award, three SPJ Public Service Awards, and a National Murrow. He was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and Third Coast Director’s Choice Award.