Sus­pect re­mains at large in Cross­gates shoot­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Hal­li­gan Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Po­lice con­tin­ued their search for a sus­pect in a shoot­ing that forced shop­pers to flee Cross­gates Mall on Satur­day.

GUILDERLAND >> Po­lice con­tin­ued their search for a sus­pect in a shoot­ing that forced hun­dreds of shop­pers to ei­ther flee Cross­gates Mall on Satur­day af­ter­noon or re­main locked down in­side for as many as eight hours.

“We have not made an ar­rest yet, but we have sev­eral solid leads we are fol­low­ing up on,” Guilderland Po­lice Chief Carol Lawlor said Sun­day.

No one was re­ported in­jured as a re­sult of the shoot­ing, which took place about 2:20 p.m. Satur­day in front of the mall’s Ap­ple store. Lawlor said she wants pa­trons of the mall to un­der­stand it was an iso­lated in­ci­dent, how­ever, and that they should not be overly con­cerned for their safety.

The mall re­opened at 11 a.m. Sun­day, after po­lice from through­out the area had swept the en­tire fa­cil­ity in search of the sus­pected shooter.

“There was an ar­gu­ment be­tween two in­di­vid­u­als, and it de­vel­oped into a shot be­ing fired,” she said. “It wasn’t some­body who wanted to shoot up the mall.”

Guilderland Po­lice De­part­ment, the lead in­ves­tiga­tive agency for the in­ci­dent, is look­ing for a 6-foot, 200-pound black man who was wear­ing a white shirt and black, hooded sweat­shirt at the time. Lawlor said that was the only de­scrip­tion po­lice had re­ceived of the shooter so far after view­ing sur­veil­lance video and in­ter­view po­ten­tial wit­nesses.

“That doesn’t lock us into that de­scrip­tion, but that’s all we have at this point,” she said.

Town Su­per­vi­sor Peter Bar­ber asked any mall-go­ers who may have any images of the in­ci­dent to share them with po­lice. Po­lice con­firmed two peo­ple were ini­tially de­tained Satur­day, but they were not in­volved in the in­ci­dent and were sub­se­quently re­leased.

Po­lice said they were aware of a Twit­ter post that sur­faced on so­cial me­dia showing an im­age of a man point­ing a gun and the text “who’s tryna get shot at cross­gates mall?” and was times­tamped just be­fore noon Satur­day, but Lawlor said Sun­day the per­son in that pic­ture is not who they are seek­ing.

Lawlor would not com­ment Sun­day on whether the in­ci­dent could be gan­gre­lated.

Fed­eral, state, and lo­cal law en­force­ment agencies re­sponded to the in­ci­dent, which of­fi­cials said was the first-ever shoot­ing at Cross­gates Mall. A call came into town po­lice re­port­ing shots fired, and of­fi­cers were there in one minute, fol­lowed by sev­eral other agencies from through­out the area.

Mall man­age­ment and store em­ploy­ees acted im­me­di­ately by putting the mall into lock­down un­til the mall was deemed safe, at which pa­trons were led through an evac­u­a­tion that con­tin­ued un­til about 10 p.m. Satur­day.

MICHAEL GROLL — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Po­lice cars are po­si­tioned out­side the Cross­gates Mall in Guilderland, while re­spond­ing to re­ports of gun­fire in­side on Satur­day.

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