A grocery store worker allegedly killed one of the store's managers and wounded two of his co-workers in a shooting at a Stop & Shop on New York's Long Island Tuesday morning, police said. The suspect was later arrested without incident, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told reporters.
Ryder said Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, 31, went to the West Hempstead store's second-floor offices and shot the two co-workers, identified as a female and a male. He then fatally shot the manager, Ryder said.
"Within a matter of minutes, it was over," Ryder said.
Police received tips leading them to a building in nearby Hempstead, where the suspect was taken into custody after he tried to flee, Ryder said. Police don't yet know a motive for the shooting.
The wounded co-workers were recovering at a hospital, Ryder said.
"We're going to vote on guns," Senate leader says
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate would take up legislation "to stop the epidemic of gun violence."
Schumer, a Democrat from New York, spoke about the shooting during a press conference in Washington.
"We're going to vote on guns," Schumer said. "There is no question about it. We're going to vote on gun safety. The times demand it."
Schumer said Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both Democrats, were working on a proposal "that can pass the Senate."
Shooting happened in upstairs manager's office
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the shooting happened in a manager's office in an upstairs office area of the store. He estimated about 200 people were in the store at the time of the shooting.
"We are shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence"
Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid said the company was "shocked and heartbroken" by the shooting.
"We are shocked and heartbroken by this act of violence," Reid said in a statement. "… Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, our associates, customers and the first responders who have responded heroically to this tragic situation."
The company was cooperating with police on the investigation, Reid said.
Police looking for person of interest
Police are looking for a person of interest in the shooting, identified as Gabriel DeWitt Wilson. He was described as a 31-year-old Black man who is 6 feet, 2 inches tall. Police weren't sure if the man was a current or past employee of the Stop & Shop.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the man was wearing a black baseball hat and a black sweatshirt and he was last seen heading west on the Hempstead Turnpike.
1 dead, 2 wounded in shooting
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the man killed in the shooting was approximately 49 years old.
Ryder said the two people who were wounded were conscious, alert and speaking to law enforcement officers at area hospitals.