Reports of shots fired at New York mall

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hun­dreds of shop­pers were rushed out of an up­state New York mall on Satur­day when reports spread about pos­si­ble gun­shots be­ing fired near re­tail stores.

There were no im­me­di­ate reports of in­juries and no sus­pects in cus­tody.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials or­dered an evac­u­a­tion of the Cross­gates Mall in Guilder­land, about a dozen miles north­east of Al­bany, af­ter po­lice were alerted to one, or pos­si­bly two, shots be­ing fired. Po­lice could not in­de­pen­dently con­firm those reports.

Of­fi­cers with as­sault ri­fles po­si­tioned around the mall were search­ing the prop­erty and check­ing se­cu­rity footage. State Po­lice Maj. Bill Keeler told the Al­bany Times-Union that reports that came in around 2:30 p.m. sug­gest­ing shots linked to a pos­si­ble con­fronta­tion be­tween two men who fled the scene.

“Right now we are in the process of evac­u­at­ing the mall safely un­der our plan that we’ve drilled for be­fore,” Guilder­land Po­lice Chief Carol Lawlar told Time Warner Ca­ble News Ser­vice. “We have not come across a vic­tim yet,” Lawlar said.

She said investigators were ex­am­in­ing a video that showed a man in a white shirt and a black hoodie. Au­thor­i­ties did not have any­one in cus­tody as of late af­ter­noon. Mall man­age­ment is work­ing with au­thor­i­ties, Lawlar said, “and hope­fully we’ll bring this to a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion.” — AP

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The safety pin-in­vented in 1849 by an Amer­i­can me­chanic who needed money to pay off a $15 debt-uses a clev­erly de­signed clasp to pro­tect users from its fiendishly sharp tip. And that is the point. In the days since Trump’s elec­tion, peo­ple have be­gun plac­ing a sin­gle pin on their shirts to con­vey a mes­sage of sup­port-of safety, and pro­tec­tion-to mi­nori­ties, women, im­mi­grants and oth­ers who may feel threat­ened by the stri­dent rhetoric that car­ried the Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire to the White House.

The safety pin so­cial me­dia move­ment gained promi­nence in Bri­tain on Twit­ter as a sign of sol­i­dar­ity with im­mi­grant and minority pop­u­la­tions fac­ing a re­ported surge in hate crimes af­ter the Brexit vote in June, with its strong anti-im­mi­grant undertones.

Phe­nom­e­non has started

Since the US elec­tion, the phe­nom­e­non has started catch­ing on across the At­lantic, with celebri­ties in­clud­ing actress De­bra Mess­ing as well as or­di­nary peo­ple post­ing im­ages of their safety pins on so­cial me­dia. — AFP

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