Gunfire has erupted at a crowded mall in upstate New York, sending hundreds of shoppers fleeing in a panic.
The police chief in Guilderland has confirmed that shots were fired but says no one was injured in the incident at Crosslands Mall in suburban Albany. Witnesses told police they heard one, possibly two, shots fired around 2:30 pm Saturday near the Apple store.
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Chief Carol Lawlar says the mall still was on lockdown about six hours later, protected by more than 100 officers. The chief says a shooter may still be hiding somewhere in the mall, but no suspects had been found. Investigators checked security cameras for clues. State Police Maj. Bill Keeler told the Albany Times-Union that reports coming in suggested a possible confrontation between two men who fled.
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.
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.
“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.”