Gunman found guilty of second-degree murder in mass shooting at West Hempstead Stop & Shop
A guilty verdict was handed down Tuesday for Gabriel Wilson in the 2021 mass shooting at a West Hempstead Stop & Shop.
Wilson was found guilty of second-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault and two weapons charges. He was acquitted of two additional attempted murder charges.
Prosecutors say Wilson shot at five co-workers in 2021, killing manager Ray Wishropp and injuring two others.
The victim's family says they are relieved that justice was served two years after their loved one was murdered, but it doesn't bring him back.
"He was an amazing person," says Alex Bernard, Wishropp's cousin. "A day doesn't go by that none of us, that we don't think about him, and a part of us is gone even with justice served."
Wilson's mother also spoke to News 12, saying she and her son both suffer from traumatic brain injuries. She says her son had been shot in the head several years ago and was not getting proper care at the time of the Stop & Shop shooting.
"My condolences and prayers go to the family - they're angry - I understand, I feel bad for them," Wilson's mother says.
The suspect's mother says she does plan to appeal the conviction.
Stop & Shop released a statement, saying in part, "Our thanks to the Nassau County Police Department for its swift and heroic actions two years ago that led to the arrest of Mr. Wilson and to the Nassau County district attorney whose case was presented to the jury for determination. Our hearts remain with the family of the late Mr. Wishropp and our colleagues who survived the attack. "
Gabriel Wilson will be back in court for sentencing on June 8 where he faces a maximum of up to 90 years to life in prison.