NEW YORK – Police were responding to reports of shots fired at a Long Island grocery story with a suspect still at large, authorities said Tuesday afternoon.
Nassau County police officer Scott Santomero confirmed to USA TODAY officers were responding to a call before noon Tuesday of possible shots fired at a Stop and Shop grocery store in West Hempstead, New York.
In a tweet, the department said a suspect had not been apprehended and advised residents to remain indoors. Officers were “canvassing the area & nearby schools have been notified to lock down & secure their buildings.”
Santomero told USA TODAY no other details were immediately available and the investigation remains active.
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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran also tweeted police were responding to the active shooting and the suspect had not been arrested.
West Hempstead’s school district said in a Facebook post its buildings were in a “lockout” and advised the public not to come to its buildings.
The reports of the shooting come amid a recent string of public active shooter incidents in the U.S.; multiple people were gunned down at a tavern in Wisconsin and a FedEx in Indianapolis within the last week.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.