Investigation continues at Crossgates Mall, looking for one suspect


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Crossgates Mall reopened Sunday morning less than 24 hours after a reported shooting incident.

Police are currently still investigating the shooting and searching for a suspect.

It was a much different scene at the mall today, but despite what happened Saturday afternoon, people still decided to come out and go shopping.

Guilderland Police say the public is not in any danger and are now calling the shooting an isolated incident.

The Police are still looking for the same suspect from Saturday, a black male, six feet tall, weighing two-hundred pounds, last seen wearing a white shirt and black hoodie.

Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor says the call came in at 2:20 p.m. Saturday for a report of shots fired near the Apple Store.

A lockdown went into effect, and all sales workers were told to take shelter.

Lawlor says 15 to 16 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies responded searching the building for hours and clearing stores one by one.

She is now saying that the incident was an argument between two people and that only one shot was fired.

They are not commenting if it was gang related.

The mall reopened at 11 a.m. Sunday to business as usual, the only difference, there was a little extra security on hand.

Lawlor says based on past drills at the mall and their training, they were prepared for Saturday’s shooting, and would be prepared for another incident that could come their way.

She also adds that the shooting came down to patrons’ response.

“It could have been a tragedy on top of another tragedy and those people, the patrons were wonderful and did everything they were asked,” Lawlor said.

Guilderland Police say they haven’t made any arrests, but they are following several solid leads.

Police are still asking if anyone has any information or footage of what happened to contact them at 518-356-1501.

If anyone who left any personal items behind in a store or the common area of the mall, can make arrangements with those respective places to pick them up.

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