3 Dead in Shooting at Publix Supermarket in Florida

A woman, a child and a man were found dead from gunshot wounds inside a Publix grocery store in Palm Beach County on Thursday morning, the authorities said. The dead included the person with the gun, they said.,


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The bodies of three people, including a child, were found inside a Publix grocery store in Palm Beach County, Fla., on Thursday morning, according to the authorities, who said they had all been fatally shot.

The authorities were called to the store, in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., around 11:39 a.m., according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots, but the Sheriff’s Office said “the shooter is one of the deceased.”

It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting or whether there were any other injuries.

“This is not an active shooter situation,” said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office. “Detectives are in the beginning stages of determining what led up to the shooting.”

The Sheriff’s Office said the authorities found the bodies of a man, a woman and a child when they entered the store. Their names and ages were not immediately released. The authorities did not say whether the three people knew one another.

The store is in a shopping center called the Crossroads, off Okeechobee Boulevard and Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. The village of Royal Palm Beach is about 12 miles west of Palm Beach, Fla.

“Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by this tragedy,” Maria Brous, a spokeswoman for Publix, said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the local law enforcement.”

Helicopter footage from local TV stations showed a heavy police presence, with about 15 police cars on the scene.

An employee at a nearby Dollar Tree store said the plaza was on lockdown.

Joey Mendoza, 62, told The Sun Sentinel that he was pulling into the parking lot on his way to the Publix when he saw police cruisers and officers, some in tactical gear, approaching the store.

“I saw them running in, I didn’t get out of the vehicle,” he said. “They just kept coming. Cruiser after cruiser, ambulance after ambulance, fire truck after fire truck.”

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