The bodies of three people, including a child, were found inside a public grocery store in Palm Beach County, Fla., on Thursday morning, according to officials who said they had all been fatally shot.
Officers were called to the store in Royal Palm Beach, Fla. around 11:39 a.m. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said the gunman was among the dead.
“What we are doing now is documenting the scene,” spokeswoman Teri Barbera told reporters at the scene. “We are trying to determine what caused the shooting.”
Ms Barbera said officers found the bodies of a man, a woman and a child near the produce section upon entering the shop. Their names and ages were not released immediately.
“We believe it is possible that they may know each other,” Ms Barbera said. He said investigators are reviewing security videos from the store and talking to witnesses.
The store is in a shopping center called Crossroads near 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 affected by this tragedy,” Publix spokeswoman Maria Bruce said in a statement. “We are cooperating with local law enforcement.”
Helicopter footage from local TV stations showed a heavy police presence, with around 15 police cars at the scene.
An employee at a nearby Dollar Tree store said the plaza was on lockdown.
Joy Mendoza, 62, told The Sun Sentinel that he was pulling into the parking lot on his way to Publix when he saw police cruisers and officers, some in tactical gear, approaching the store.
“I saw them running inside, I didn’t get out of the vehicle,” he said. “They just kept coming. Cruiser after cruiser, ambulance after ambulance, fire truck after fire engine.
According to the Palm Beach County School District, officials from nearby Crestwood Middle School temporarily closed the school.
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