GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Authorities searched through the night for a disgruntled vendor who they say walked into a suburban New York light fixture company and opened fire, killing an employee and wounding another person.
Police identified Sang Ho Kim, 63, as the gunman who fled in a white SUV following Wednesday morning's shooting, which prompted the shutdown of schools and businesses at Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, about 30 miles east of New York City.
Nassau County police Chief Steven Skrynecki said at a press conference that police believe Kim once served as a vendor to the light fixture import firm, Savenergy. It was unclear what sparked the shooting, but the gunman walked into a room where the owner and employees were standing and fired.
"This seems to be motivated by his association with this business," he said.
The wounded victim underwent surgery on Wednesday. The person's condition was not immediately known. Police did not release any names.
Around 11 p.m., the scene of the shooting remained cordoned off with caution tape and law enforcement officers could be seen patrolling the streets. Some were pulling over drivers and talking to them.
Skrynecki said about four people were inside the building when the shooting happened. He refused to say what type of weapon was used or whether one was recovered.
A call to Savenergy wasn't returned. The company's website said it develops energy reduction technology that promises to reduce lighting, air conditioning, heating and electrical costs.
The shooting took place near a perimeter road that leads to the Roosevelt Field mall. The area isn't far from where Charles Lindberg took off on his historic trans-Atlantic flight to Paris in 1927.
When reports of the shooting surfaced, no customers or workers were allowed to leave the mall and no one was allowed to enter, but customers were able to roam around inside. Some stores, like Bloomingdale's, closed.
At nearby Nassau Community College, 18-year-old student Robert Brown said he huddled in a hallway for about two hours after police arrived on campus in search of the gunman.
"We saw Nassau County police running around the campus telling people to go inside," he said. "It was a crazy feeling. I just ran into the nearest building."