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4 die in shooting at Albertson's in L.V.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man dressed in camouflage and armed with a shotgun opened fire Thursday in a supermarket, killing four people.

A 23-year-old man with a shotgun was taken into custody outside the store. Three of the dead were employees of the Albertson's supermarket and the fourth was a shopper, Lt. Wayne Petersen said. A man was critically wounded, he said."We're unsure why he chose this place to go on a rampage," he said.

Lt. Rick Alba said police do not believe robbery was a motive and they have not determined any connection between the victims and the suspect. Police received word of the shooting around 5:15 a.m.

The bodies were found at different places in the store, which is about two miles west of the casinos on the Las Vegas strip, he said.

"We're just horrified by this. This is tragic, inexplicable and we are sickened by it," said Michael Reed, vice president of public affairs at Albertson's headquarters in Boise, Idaho.

The company, which has 995 stores in 25 states, sent a counseling team to help employees cope with the shooting.

After the man began firing, two women employees, age 20 and 34, hid for three hours in a produce cooler, where they were discovered by police.

"They were very upset from the whole incident. They were very cold; they were inside the cooler. We are trying to get them warm," said Kathi Rice, a spokeswoman for American Medical Response, an ambulance service.

The supermarket is located at a shopping mall at one of the city's busiest intersections.