Royal Palm Beach shooting at Publix supermarket makes 3 victims, including a child: “Everyone was running”
Three people died, including one child, after a shooting at a Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. The incident happened Thursday morning, as reported by USA Today.
How did it all happen?
According to USA Today, an unidentified attacker reportedly opened fire inside the grocery store located at The Crossroads shopping center.
The victims were a man, a woman, and a child. It is not known at this time if the woman or the man was the attacker. There was also no statement from the authorities on whether the man, woman, and child were connected in any way.
Spokesperson Teri Barbera for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office revealed that the incident was not an active shooter situation, as noted by The Blaze.
“Detectives are in the beginning stages of determining what led up to the shooting. More information will be released when it becomes available,’ she added.
“Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by this tragedy. We are cooperating with the local law enforcement. Since this is an active police investigation, we cannot confirm any additional details,” was the statement from a spokesperson for the large grocery store chain obtained by WKMG-TV.
“Detectives are investigating a shooting that took place inside Publix in RPB. Upon arrival deputies located three individuals deceased from gunshot wounds. The shooter is one of the deceased. This was not an active shooter situation,” The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office wrote on social media about the tragic incident.
Any other details?
Joey Mendoza, 62, is a witness who was pulling into the store’s parking lot when he noticed the large police presence around the building, as reported by the Florida Sun-Sentinel.
“A couple of minutes later, I would've been in there. That's what I'm thinking. Two, three minutes later, usually, because I parked right in front. At that point, I didn't bother getting out. I saw them running in, I didn't get out of the vehicle. They just kept coming. Cruiser after cruiser, ambulance after ambulance, fire truck after fire truck,” he told the news outlet about the incident at the Royal Palm Beach supermarket.