Gabriel DeWitt Wilson Bio, Wiki
Gabriel DeWitt Wilson is a 30-year-old who has been identified as the person of interest sought in the West Hempstead shooting of three people at a Long Island Stop & Shop grocery store on April 20, 2021. Authorities are actively looking for Wilson for him as the suspect of interest in the shooting that took place Tuesday morning.
Although the authorities say they are actively searching for Wilson, they stopped short of calling him a suspect, rather describing him as “a person of interest” they believe to be the shooter. Here is what we know so far as information slowly coming to light regarding who exactly Wilson is and his role in the deadly shooting:
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
— NCPD (@NassauCountyPD) April 20, 2021
Shooting at the Long Island Stop & Shop grocery store
A man wearing all black walked into an upstairs office area of a Long Island Stop & Shop late Tuesday morning and shot three people, killing one of them, in the town of West Hempstead before fleeing the scene, Nassau County police officials say. That man is alleged to have been Wilson, police say. He is believed to have had a small handgun.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the victims were targeted in some way. The one who died was a 49-year-old man. Two other victims were taken to area hospitals; their identities haven’t been released and the nature of their injuries wasn’t known.
According to Nassau County Police, Wilson has ties to the West Hempstead Stop & Shop store. Authorities say he was either a former employee or currently working at the store.
Motive remains unknown
The shooting, according to authorities, took place at the management offices of the store. However, although it appears to be a work-related shooting, the motive is still unknown and under investigation.
Gabriel DeWitt Wilson is on the run and armed
Authorities say that Wilson fled the area after the shooting, remains at large, and is believed to have a small handgun. Earlier, a senior law enforcement official said he may have hopped on a bus to escape. Wilson was last seen heading westbound on Hempstead Turnpike.
Wilson is described as 6’2”, wearing a black hat, a black mask, and a black sweatshirt. “Do not approach if you see him; please call 911 immediately,” Nassau County police warned. “If you you have ANY information regarding this person of interest, please call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).”