Authorities in Putnam County recovered a gun Wednesday that they believe to be the weapon used in a fatal workplace shooting in Garden City last month, Sheriff Donald Smith said in an Oct. 9 news release.
State Police divers recovered the handgun Wednesday in the Hudson River near the bank of Sandy Beach State Park in Cold Spring. Law enforcement officials said the weapon was recovered close to where authorities found the car of the suspected shooter, Sang Ho Kim. The 63-year-old Queens man had been wanted in connection with a double shooting at his former place of employment.
A statewide manhunt was initiated on Sept. 25 after he allegedly went to the office of SavEnergy – a light fixture importing company – and opened fire on his former co-workers and ex-boss. A 25-year-old officer worker, Zacharia Yong Jae Shin, of Queens, was killed. The company’s CEO, John Choi, was critically injured.
Authorities found Kim’s body floating in the Hudson River on Sept. 30 off the shoreline of Iona Island near the Bear Mountain Bridge.
Smith said investigators believe the handgun recovered Wednesday is the same one used in the SavEnergey shootings. The weapon will undergo ballistic testing to confirm its use in the workplace slaying.
“Families who visit the park need no longer worry that this gun might be lying somewhere along the shore or just off a trail where a child might find it and pick it up,” Smith said.
A medical examiner’s report said Kim shot himself to death.