A fatal shooting this morning near a busy Long Island shopping mall prompted a massive police response just one day after the Kenya mall siege ended.
Police say a gunman entered a building in an industrial area on South Street in East Garden City, just across the street from the Roosevelt Field Mall, reports CBS New York. A person of interest has been named in the case, Sang Ho Kim. He is believed to be armed and dangerous.
At least one person is reportedly dead and another injured, and the suspect is on the loose.
Here’s what we know so far about this breaking story…
1. An Asian Male Shot Two People, Killing One
*Breaking News* unconfirmed reports of one fatality in #RooseveltFieldMall area shooting. Suspect: 6'2 Asian male, former employee, at large
— Chris Wragge (@ChrisWragge) September 25, 2013
At 10:10 a.m. (EDT) a 6-foot-2 Asian male wearing a gray shirt and brown jacket entered a building at 645 South Street and started shooting, a Garden City Police spokesman told Heavy. The man fled in a white Honda pilot, according to police. He is believed to be approximately 63 years old and is still at large.
News 12 reports:
Police say the male is a former employee of Safenergy, the company located at the address.
Kathy Ryan, a PR representative for the Roosevelt Field Mall, told Heavy that the Nassau County Police are the lead agency in the investigation, though the FBI have joined in the search for Sang Ho Kim.
2. Sang Ho Kim is Reported to be a Vendor to Safenergy
Police speculate it’s related to a bad business deal and he was referred to as a “vendor” who was related to the company. Nassau County Chief of Police Steve Skynecki told reporters:
The motive here appears to be a work-related motive. There was some disgruntlement between him and the company he was attacking. We have nothing to suggest that this individual is on a random shooting rampage.
He is reported to be from Queens. A massive multi-agency manhunt is underway to locate him. An award of $5,000 has been issued for information that leads to his apprehension.
3. Schools in the Area Were on Lockdown
The mall is located adjacent to Nassau Community College, and numerous public grade schools are in the greater area.
ABC New York is reporting that schools around the area are being placed on a “lockout.”
Garden City School District Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen said they are holding all students in the building at this time.
BREAKING: All @gcufsd buildings on lock out (no one allowed in) due to a possible shooting near Roosevelt Field Mall. More info to come.
— Garden City Patch (@gardencitypatch) September 25, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Garden City High School, Garden City Middle School and Stewart Elementary School are on lockdown due to police activity.
— FiOS1 Long Island (@FiOS1News_LI) September 25, 2013
Attention- there is a shooter in Garden City, NY by Roosevelt Field shopping mall- Stewart School, Hemlock & Locust are on lockdown
— Erin Quill (@Equill) September 25, 2013
UPDATE: Nassau Community College has been advise by the Nassau County Police to go into a #lockdown situation
— Eyewitness News (@eyewitnessnyc) September 25, 2013
4. The Mall Was Locked Down
NBC New York is reporting that people were not allowed into the mall and those inside were being told to stay to put. Police were seen in SWAT-type gear around the scene. Eventually customers of the mall were allowed out before employees.
@eyewitnessnyc customers are being allowed out only from Nordstrom from our 2nd floor south exit. Employees are still secured inside.
— ʎuoɥʇuɐ uɐǝs (@seanieboyy6) September 25, 2013
No shopper access is being permitted into the property doors at this time, due to an emergency off property in the nearby East Garden City.
— Roosevelt Field (@RooseveltField) September 25, 2013
This text message was sent around to residents of the surrounding area:
@BradMichelson no I'm sitting in a room with 25 other clueless people :/
— Simon Park (@QTVenusaur91) September 25, 2013
UPDATE: Roosevelt Field Mall is now in lockout mode. Employees, shoppers are being allowed out of the building, but no one is allowed in.
— News12LI (@News12LI) September 25, 2013
5. This Incident Comes Just Days After the Massive Mall Attack in Kenya
— Newsday (@Newsday) September 22, 2013