One person is dead and another critically wounded after a Wednesday morning shooting at an East Garden City energy company near the Roosevelt Field mall and police have now initiated a massive manhunt to find the suspect, authorities said.
The shooting, which was reported just after 10 a.m., occurred at SavEnergy, located at 645 South Street in Garden City. The property is located just a few hundred feet from the parking lot of the Roosevelt Field Mall.
Nassau Police Chief of Department Steven Skyrnecki said the shooter was identified as Sang Ho Kim. The 63-year-old remains on the loose Wednesday afternoon and is considered to be armed and “very dangerous,” Skyrnecki said during a news conference.
The company’s owner and another employee were shot by Kim, who was dressed in a brown suit jacket and red shirt, after he entered the business Wednesday morning. According to Skyrnecki, four employees were inside the business at the time and investigators believe Kim specifically targeted the company’s CEO, who is currently undergoing surgery, and the other employee, who died in the shooting, after “a bad business deal.” The identities of the victims were not released.
According to the company’s online description, SavEnergy focuses on energy efficiency by offering businesses savings on energy costs through reduced consumptions.
Police said the motive appeared to involve a “disgruntlement between [Kim] and the company.” Kim had been a vendor of SavEnergy and cops said it was unclear if there was a family relationship between the shooter and the victims.
During the Wednesday afternoon news briefing, Skyrnecki said a “very massive manhunt” is underway to locate Kim. Every law enforcement agency in the area, including the New York State Police have joined in the effort, said Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
Police said the suspect fled from the scene in a white sport utility vehicle, which they described as a 2008 Honda Pilot. The vehicle is said to have New York license plate FMA 3648.
Because of the proximity to the Roosevelt Field Mall, police asked that the facility be placed on lockdown and that security prohibit anyone from entering the property, mall representatives said. Police said they were allowing shoppers to leave the mall, but were screening each person to ensure “they were not the person of interest.”
Nearby schools, including all Garden City Public Schools, were placed on “lockout,” district administrators said. Superintendent Robert Feirsen said students were moving about the buildings as normal, but no one was allowed to enter or leave the schools. The lockdown was lifted before 2 p.m. and students were expected to be dismissed on time.
Police said they do not consider Kim to be a threat to the general public, but cautioned that he is a “very dangerous individual.” “There is no suggestion that the perpetrator is looking for other people to shoot,” said Skyrnecki. Law enforcement officials consider him to be armed and would not say if they recovered a weapon at the scene.
Anyone with information on Kim’s whereabouts is urged to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. A $5,000 cash reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest.
Nassau County police are on the hunt for a suspect after a Wednesday shooting near the Roosevelt Field Mall left several people shot and area attractions on lockdown, according to sources and a WABC-TV report.
Police received the call of a shooting just after 10 a.m. on Sept. 25. The shooting occurred on South Street in East Garden City – just a few hundred feet from the mall’s parking lot, a source said.
Nassau County police confirmed “police activity” in the area and said there is “an active investigation” underway there, but provided few other details. A source said two people had been shot and cops believe the shooter fled the scene in a SUV. The shooter is identified by sources and multiple reports as an Asian male wearing a grey suit jacket.
Garden City Public Schools had also initiated a lockout procedure on Wednesday morning. School officials said students are moving about the buildings normally, but no one is permitted to enter or exit.
Officials at the Roosevelt Field Mall could not be reached Wednesday afternoon for comment. The mall was placed on lockdown and police were not permitting anyone to leave.
Police have established a perimeter in the area and are actively searching for the suspect. Several exits of the Meadowbrook Parkway, which lead to the mall, were also closed.
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