Shooting at New York Mall Leaves 2 Injured

A bustling shopping mall in Middletown, New York, was evacuated on Sunday after reports of a shooting. Two people were injured but it’s unclear if the shooting was intentional.

State police responded to the reports at the Galleria at Crystal Run around 3 p.m. Sunday. Middletown is about 70 miles north of Manhattan. CBS New York reports that the entire mall was closed and on lockdown by 5 p.m.

Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman said in a news conference Sunday evening that a single shot was fired inside the mall outside the American Eagle Outfitters store around 3 p.m. The two victims suffered minor injuries, possibly from bullet fragments hitting their legs. Both victims are expected to be OK.

The person who fired the shot is not in custody, Hertman said. It’s unclear if the shot fired was an “accidental discharge” or intentional, but the gun was pointing down at the floor when it was fired, he added.

Video posted to social media showed armed officers scouring the shopping mall on Sunday evening. Hartman said there is no further danger at this time.

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SOURCE: CBS News