The Nassau County District Attorney announced that Gabriel DeWitt Wilson, 33, of Hempstead, was convicted Wednesday, May 3, of the murder of a Stop & Shop executive and the attempted murder of two colleagues.

He could face a maximum sentence of 90 years to life in prison.

According to trial testimony, Wilson, who was a Stop & Shop employee at the time, entered the West Hempstead grocery store armed with a weapon at approximately 11:19 a.m. on April 20, 2021, before heading to the second-floor employee office.

He then entered the store manager’s office and shot one victim in the face and twice in the chest.

Wilson then shot a female manager in the shoulder, the bullet exiting her back, and then went into a second office where he fired multiple shots at 49-year-old manager Raymond Wethrop, the district attorney’s office reported.

Wishropp was shot in the chest and leg. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Disgruntled employee Gabriel Wilson entered West Hempstead station and shop with a loaded semi-automatic gun with intent to kill,” District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said .

“He came across … Raymond Withrop, who was the grocery store manager who was eating a sandwich during his lunch break, and shot the guy directly in the chest at point-blank range.”

Wilson was arrested at around 3:50 p.m.

In all, Wilson was found guilty of the following charges:

  • second degree murder
  • Attempted second-degree murder, two counts
  • First degree assault, two counts
  • Second degree possession of a weapon, two counts

He was acquitted of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, prosecutors said.

Wilson will return to court for sentencing on Thursday, June 8.

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