A body pulled out of the Hudson River in Rockland County on Monday has been officially identified as that of a man wanted for a fatal workplace shooting in Garden City, according to Rockland County Sheriff Donald Smith.
New York State Police were investigating throughout the day on Sept. 30 as they attempted to positively identify the remains. The lifeless and decomposing body was found by a recreational boater on a sailboat around 9:30 a.m. in the Hudson River along the shoreline of Iona Island – part of Bear Mountain State Park in Stony Point, NY.
Law enforcement officials confirmed the body was that of Sang Ho Kim, a Queens man who was being actively sought by police after a double shooting at his former place of employment. A state-wide manhunt had ensued last Wednesday after the 64-year-old went to the Garden City headquarters of SavEnergy – a light fixture importing company – and opened fire on his former co-workers.
A 25-year-old office worker – Zacharia Yong Jae Shin of Whitestone, Queens – was fatally shot in the workplace gunfire. The company’s CEO, John Choi, a Woodmere resident, was left critically injured after being shot in the head.
Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skyrnecki said Kim was disgruntled over a “bad business deal.” At a press conference after the shooting, Skyrencki said police had initiated a massive manhunt to locate Kim. He cautioned the public to consider Kim armed and very dangerous.
Authorities located Kim’s white Honda Pilot SUV in the Putnam County town of Cold Spring Wednesday night. Officials closed schools in the area and deployed a heavy tactical police presence as they continued the manhunt throughout several upstate counties. His vehicle was found in a local park along the riverbank.
Approximately 11 miles away from where Kim’s car was found, police dredged his body from the Hudson River. A state environmental conservation police boat was the first unit on scene and recovered the body, officials said Monday evening.
“The body appears to have been in the water for several days,” Major Patrick Regan, a state police commander, said in a Monday news release. “The body does appear to be that of a middle age Asian man.”
“The tragic violence in East Garden City and the search for Mr. Kim in our local community caused fear and apprehension for many folks,” said Smith. “Today’s events have at least allowed us to turn the page on what was a scary chapter for local residents.”
Nassau County police were working Monday with Rockland County authorities and New York State Police to obtain a positive identification of the remains. As of this wiring, State Police have not provided any further details on the grisly discovery.
Authorities said Kim was positively identified at the Rockland County morgue. A cause of death was not immediately released, but officials said the medical examiner’s office will release a full report in the coming days.
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