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3 dead, including suspect, in shooting at Publix supermarket in Florida

A shooting at a Publix supermarket in Florida left three people dead, including the suspected shooter, authorities said Thursday.

The shooting occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET in a Publix store in the 1100 block of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard in Royal Palm Beach, about 15 miles west of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

It was not immediately clear who the suspect was. Authorities identified the victims as a woman and her grandson, who would have turned 2 at the end of the month, and said their names would not be released at the family’s request.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, died of a self-inflicted wound, authorities confirmed.

Officials said Thursday night that there is no known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims.

Publix said in a statement that it was aware of the shooting and that it was directing questions to the police.

“Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by this tragedy,” Publix said. “We are cooperating with the local law enforcement. Since this is an active police investigation, we cannot confirm any additional details.”