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Gunman firing at customers at a North Florida market stopped by deputies, sheriff says

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped an active shooter who opened fire at customers inside a Pensacola grocery store Thursday afternoon.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped an active shooter who opened fire at customers inside a Pensacola grocery store Thursday afternoon. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Escambia County deputies stopped a gunman at a Pensacola area grocery store Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office said.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, a man began firing at customers inside Grocery Advantage in the 4300-block of Lillian Highway.

Deputies arrived shortly before 3 p.m. and returned fire.

“I know I speak not only for the sheriff’s office but all citizens of Escambia County, in thanking the fine men and women of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism and courage,” Sheriff David Morgan said in a statement.

No civilians or law enforcement personnel were injured. The shooter, who was not publicly identified, was taken to the hospital.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate the shooting.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.
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