The bodies of three people, including a child, were found in a grocery store Publix in Palm Beach County, Florida, Thursday morning, according to authorities. According to authorities, everyone was fatally shot.
According to the US, the authorities were called to the store in Royal Palm Beach, Florida at around 11:39 Sheriff’s Office in Palm Beach County. It was not immediately clear who fired the shots, but the sheriff said “the shooter is one of the dead.”
It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting and whether there were any other injuries.
“This is not an active shooting situation,” sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. “Detectives are in the early stages to determine what led to the shooting.”
According to the sheriff, authorities found the bodies of a man, a woman and a child as they entered the store. Their names and ages were not immediately disclosed. Authorities did not say whether the three people knew each other.
The store is in a mall called the Crossroads, off Okeechobee Boulevard and Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. The town of Royal Palm Beach is about 20 km west of Palm Beach, Fla.
“We are thinking of those affected by this tragedy,” Maria Brous, a spokeswoman for Publix, said in a statement. “We work with local law enforcement.”
Helicopter footage from local TV stations showed a large police presence, with about 15 police cars at the scene.
An employee at a nearby Dollar Tree store said the square was closed.
Joey Mendoza, 62, told The Son 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 run in, I’m not getting out of the vehicle,” he said. “They just kept coming. Cruiser to cruiser, ambulance to ambulance, fire truck to fire truck. ”