Gabriel DeWitt Wilson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Gabriel DeWitt Wilson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


Gabriel DeWitt Wilson

Gabriel DeWitt Wilson was identified as the suspect accused of shooting multiple people at a Long Island Stop & Shop grocery store.

The Nassau County police and the county executive confirmed the shooting midday on April 20, 2020. It comes as the country reels from a series of mass shooting.

Stop & Shop is a popular grocery store.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The County Executive & Police Called It an ‘Active Shooter’ Incident

Authorities labeled the shooting as an active shooter incident.

Nassau County Police wrote: “There has been an active shooter situation at the West Hempstead Stop & Shop. The #NassauCountyPD is canvassing the area & nearby schools have been notified to lock down & secure their buildings. The subject has not been apprehended yet & we ask that area residents remain indoors.”

Laura Curran, the Nassau County Executive, imparted a similar message on Twitter, “There has been an active shooter incident at the West Hempstead Stop & Shop. Police are canvassing the area & schools nearby have been notified to lock down and secure their buildings. @NassauCountyPD is asking all area residents to remain indoors. Suspect is not yet apprehended.”

2. Reports Say Three People Were Shot

According to NBC New York, three people were shot and one person is deceased.

The supermarket is located on Cherry Valley Road. According to ABC New York, the grocery store was evacuated.

3. The Suspect, Wearing All Black, May Have Jumped on a Bus

The suspect is believed to be at large and may have jumped on a bus to get away, according to NBC New York. The suspect’s name and motive are not yet clear. It’s also not yet clear whether the shooting was a targeted or random attack.

CBS New York reported the suspect was wearing all black and a mask.

4. Preliminary Reports Say the Suspect Is a Former Employee

5TownsCentral reported that the suspect might be a former employee who targeted store managers. However, police have not yet confirmed that information, and the victims names are not known.

The News 12 chopper was live above the scene. Police officers could be seen outside the store’s door.

5. The West Hempstead School District Was in a Lock Out

The West Hempstead School District wrote on Twitter: “Good morning. This is a message from the West Hempstead School District. We were informed by the police that there is activity in the area. We are presently in a lockout and we’ll inform you when it is over. Please do not come to the buildings. Everyone is safe. Thank you.”

The shooting reports come as the nation is reeling from a series of mass shootings, including at a tavern in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, and spas in the Atlanta, Georgia, area.

People expressed shock on social media. “wtf the stop and shop in West Hempstead just got shot up .. that’s too close to home,” wrote one person on Twitter. “Active shooter shot 3 people 2 blocks from my house on long island. One dead. Shooter on the run. Stop and shop West hempstead,” wrote another.

The conditions of the injured people are not yet clear, but they were taken to the hospital. Police have not confirmed the exact number of people shot.

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