After a fatal shooting, a N.Y. mall and nearby schools were locked down by Long Island police Wednesday. A disgruntled ex-vendor of a Savenergy Inc., a lighting company, opened fire on the company’s owner and another man, then fled, prompting the lockdown, reports CBS News on Sept. 25.
Police are now looking for 62-year-old Queens man Sang Ho Kim. Shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Kim entered the light fixture company in East Garden City and opened fire on the company’s CEO, John Choi, and another employee. The unidentified employee was killed. Choi remains in critical condition.
The manhunt is on for Kim, reportedly driving a white 2007 Honda Pilot with a New York license plate number of FMA-3648. Kim was wearing a red shirt under a gray or brown suit, and may be in upstate N.Y., police said. Nassau County police are urging caution, as Kim is believed to be “armed and very dangerous,” Chief Steve Skrynecki said.
“The motive here appears to be a work-related motive,” Skrynecki said. “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.”
The nearby Roosevelt Field mall and Garden City schools were placed on lockdown, then slowly reopened late Wednesday after police had searched the premises.
When the shooting occurred, Bert Grant was on his way to the company’s warehouse for an appointment with the owner.
“My office called me, and they were in a panic because they had heard on the radio it was Savenergy, and they knew I was having a meeting at Savenergy,” Grant said.
At the Roosevelt mall, shoppers were in a panic, immediately thinking to the recent mass shooting at the Kenya mall in Nairobi.
“This is terrifying,” shopper, Nancy Petrillo said. “After what happened in Kenya, everyone is already on edge.”
A $5,000 reward is being offered for information in the case, Skrynecki said. Anyone with information is asked to Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.