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Police say suspect Gabriel Dewitt Wilson has a mental health problem and a long crime list – CBS New York


WEST HEMPSTEAD, NY (CBSNewYork) – Supermarket employee denounced in a deadly shooting on Long Island appear in court on Wednesday morning.

Gabriel Dewitt Wilson was charged with killing a manager and injuring two other workers at one Stop & Shop in West Hempstead.

Authorities describe Wilson, 31, as a struggling employee. They said he came to work on Tuesday to request a move to another location. He filled out a form and then left without incident, only to come back 40 minutes later, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

Dressed in a white overalls, Wilson was brought into Nassau County police headquarters on Wednesday morning, his mouth mumbling. He was charged with second-degree murder, and four counts of intentional murder, after investigators said he opened fire at a supermarket on Cherry Valley Street just after 11am Tuesday.

He pleaded not guilty and is in detention without any strings attached.

Gabriel Dewitt Wilson (Source: Nassau County Police)

“Gabriel Wilson answered directly to the management offices on the second floor. In that area, he intentionally fired a .380 semi-automatic handgun seven times at five different people, ”Det. Lieutenant Stephen Fitzpatrick said.

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Emotions flooded in Valley Stream, the home of Ray Wishropp, a father of seven who died in the shooting. Hailing from Guyana, the 49-year-old is remembered as an intelligent, kind and compassionate family man, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported.

“A loving member of his family, his community. Our thinking is also on victims recovering from physical injuries and trauma, ”said Madeline Singas, Nassau County District Attorney.

Wishropp’s parents and cousins ​​flew from Florida.

“Today was a heavy day for us and we miss him, but I know we’ll see him again when we come back to life, so… I love him so much. I’m sorry. Thank you, ”said cousin Alex Bernard.

Wishropp’s close neighbors and friends on Montague Street are also grieving.

“We did everything together. He’s a great guy. Anyone who knows he just loves him, snap right away, ”said friend Joseph Aggerup.

Manny Baksh said: “A wonderful guy, with a big heart, generous, always trying to help someone.

“My husband has a garden. He has a garden. They shared vegetables. He’s just a nice guy, ”added Mary Ellen Vicari.

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Two other store employees were injured in the shooting. A 50-year-old man from Bethpage and a 26-year-old woman in Bay Shore have both been shot in the shoulder and are recovering at a local hospital.

Nearly 200 shoppers in the supermarket were scared for their lives.

“Crazy, crazy… People just drove in their cars and some men said, ‘Honey, don’t go in there. There’s an active gunman, ”one woman told CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff on Tuesday night.

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Authorities said Wilson fled the area and led police on a four-hour search before they arrested him at an apartment on Terrace Avenue.

Regarding the probable motive, the authorities said Wilson asked to move to another Stop & Shop after female staff members complained that he had harassed them.

The suspect’s lawyer told CBS2 that Wilson, who was once arrested in Maryland, had suffered mental trauma since he was shot in the beginning 10 years ago.

The police recognized the community for their immense support when advice was poured in and agencies from all over came to assist. Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder explained that the department was on alert because, sadly, April was a historic month of gun violence.

“Patriots Day, Boston Marathon; Technology shooting Virginia; Waco, Texas; Oklahoma City, birthday of Hitler, Columbine High School, Oscala. We know what this month is and we’ve stepped up patrols, ”Ryder said.

If found guilty of the highest offense, Wilson could face up to 25 years in prison and life in prison.

CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan contributed to this report

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