One dead and two injured in a shooting at a New York supermarket

At least one person died and two others were injured after a man armed with a gun began firing at employees of a supermarket in the town of West Hempstead, New York’s Long Island region.

The alleged attacker, identified by authorities as Gabriel Dewitt Wilson, 30, he was one of the supermarket employees, That on reaching the building he went straight to two offices of the establishment’s managers, where he picked up a small pistol and started shooting, the police explained in a brief press conference.

The attack, carried out at 11:19 local time (15.19 GMT), resulted in the death of a 49-year-old man, while a woman and a man were injured and they are treated in the hospital.

After firing the shots, Wilson fled the area and was found and arrested all morning in a property by the Nassau County Police Department, where West Hempstead is located.

Police say the motive for the attack is unknown at this time, but they emphasized that Wilson had been treated for mental health problems in the past and had a history of petty crimes.

“In recent months, we have seen on the screens of our televisions how armed people are devastating our communities. Today that reality is in our home, in Nassau County,” said the County’s executive director in an appearance to the press. . van Nassau, Laura Curran, referring to the repeated shootings currently taking place in the United States.

None of the customers who were in the supermarket who were evacuated after the shooting were injured.