Guilderland police following leads after Crossgates shooting

November 13, 2016 06:40 PM

GUILDERLAND – It was business as usual at Crossgates Mall on Sunday, one day after police say someone opened fire with crowds of shoppers inside.

"Our officers were there within a minute," said Guilderland Police Chief Carol Lawlor. "They started the evacuation."

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Lawlor shared some new details on Sunday about the incident. While many shoppers and mall employees say they heard several shots, Lawlor says the gunman only fired one shot. She also says it was an isolated incident.

"It was an argument between two individuals and it developed into a shot being fired," Lawlor said.

Lawlor wouldn't not comment whether the shooting was gang related. The mall went into lockdown, meaning shoppers and employees could not leave. Some were there for seven hours as teams of police officers swept the building one store at a time.

"It was just remarkable how well this went under a very difficult situation for many hours," said mall owner Michael Stanley.

Outside, police from 16 different agencies surrounded the mall, some with their weapons out. A helicopter circled overhead, scouring the area. But the person who pulled the trigger was nowhere to be found.

"We have not made an arrest yet," said Lawlor. "But we have several solid leads we're following up on."

Authorities admit they have a very vague description, a six foot tall black male wearing a white shirt and a black hoodie. They're asking the public -- anyone who might have snapped a photo or video – to come forward.

"If you think you saw something we really urge people to play a part in providing any necessary information," said Guilderland Town Supervisor Peter Barber.


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