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Hudson Valley Mall Shooting

(updated: February 16th, 11:15am) Police found items related to the Columbine shooting in the house of the gunman who opened fire Sunday inside the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston, NY

Authorities say 24-year-old Robert Bonelli, Jr. of Saugerties went into Best Buy store and fired off 60 shots. When he ran out of ammunition, he was apprehended by mall workers.

Twenty-year old Tom Hare was an Army recruiter at the mall and was shot in the leg.  He was taken to Albany Medical Center where he's listed in critical condition.  A National Guard spokesperson said he was not a target of the attack.

Another person was injured in the hand, but it was not from a gunshot wound. The mall was evacuated after the shooting and closed down.

Police searched Bonelli's home in Saugerties and found evidence that he has a "lurid fascination" with the 1999 Columbine shootings. Authorites speculate the obsession may have played a role in Bonelli's alleged shooting spree.

Wayne Platte, Deputy Fire Chief of Kingston, NY was shopping in the mall at the time of the incident. Platte says he saw a horde of people running down the hall and heard a couple of pops then the gunfire appeared to intensify. He and fellow customers had to take cover.

Boneilli was arainged early Monday morning.  He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Ulster Town Court Wednesday morning sending his case on to the County level. He is being held at the Ulster County Jail without bail.

Tuesday, two of Bonelli's friends, 25-year-old Liborio Valguarnera and 24-year-old Kenneth Stine also of Glasco, were arraigned in federal court in Albany.

They were allegedly seen on a video seized from Bonelli's house making and detonating pipe bombs.

Both were released without bail but must wear a tracking device on their ankle.

Bonelli will be charged with possession of a destructive device at a later date.

 

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