A shooter in a Stop & Shop in New York killed one employee with two others injured. Police believe the shooting was allegedly committed by a “troubled” coworker.
The attack happened in the supermarket in West Hempstead, New York on April 20 carried out by Gabriel DeWitt Wilson.
According to police, Wilson allegedly entered his manager’s office and had a non-confrontational conversation about transferring to another store. However, the defendant, 30, then returned 40 minutes later at 11: 19 and opened fire in the second-floor office. Wilson allegedly fired at five different people with seven shots. During the shooting, over 200 shoppers were present in the store. The suspect then fled the scene.
However, police arrested the suspect later that day after hours of searching. Wilson remains in custody as the investigation continues. Officers charged him with second-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder. The dead victim, a 49-year-old male, worked as the manager at the establishment. Both injured victims, a 50-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, are currently recovering in hospital.
According to ABC News, Wilson is a “troubled employee” who had made previous “unwanted advances” towards a female colleague. Wilson allegedly disputed often with co-workers, with some complaining about his threatening behaviour.
According to NBC News, police previously arrested Wilson for assault, an attempt to distribute narcotics, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm. He was also subject of two mental health crisis calls.