Shots fired at Long Island shopping mall, suspect in custody
Shots fired inside Long Island's Roosevelt Field Mall Tuesday afternoon left one person injured, another in police custody, and shoppers scrambling in fear.
Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said a man entered the Rolex dealer at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City at around 1 p.m., the Associated Press reported.
A struggle with store security ensued, and a gun went off, police reportedly said. It wasn't clear to whom the gun belong, according to the AP report.
The single shot went out of the store and into the main mall area, hitting a 67-year-old employee, according to the AP. The man who was hit was taken to an area hospital
News 12 reported during the incident one of its reporters was at the mall in a storage closet at the Victoria’s Secret store with dozens of other people Tuesday afternoon.
Eric Oelschlegel, who works in Lawrenceville, told New Jersey 101.5 he'd been on the phone with his girlfriend while she shopped in the mall Tuesday.
“I was on the phone with her when it happened and I was nervous because she started screaming and saying somebody has a gun,” Oelschlegel said. “Then I got worried because she was running out of the mall and I didn’t hear from her again for three or four minutes. I’ve known her for 20 years, I don’t wanna lose her.”
Oelschlegel said that according to his girlfriend, almost immediately after the shooting, there was a “mass exodus” as shopping ran out of the shopping center. Within a few minutes, several authorities were on the scene.
Almost immediately after the incident, shoppers at the mall began tweeting their observations about the incident.
This is a developing story. We will have additional information as it becomes available.