Scare prompts brief lockdown at Colonie Center

February 25, 2018 11:15 PM

COLONIE - Police responded to Colonie Center just after 5 p.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired near the food court.

“There were people in front of us who had turned around and started running toward us and said it's a shooter, it's a shooter, run,” said witness Jan Heggen

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Police said 33-year-old Trashalla Gillbey of Schenectady had a dispute over a missing cell phone, began yelling, and indicated he had a gun.

Police say Gillbey struck a kiosk several times, making people think shots had been fired.

"I heard a few bangs and I looked at my dad very confused and then I saw a few people coming down and I was looking and everybody started saying run and screaming,” said Danny Pono Jr.

Gillbey was quickly detained by mall security and is now in the custody of Colonie police.

It turned out that Gillbey didn't have a gun and that no shots were fired. Nobody was hurt during the incident.

Gillbey was charged with criminal nuisance, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The mall was briefly placed in a lockdown but normal business quickly resumed.

Heggen said after the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed by a gunman at a high school, many are on heightened alert.

"All I could think about wasn't really what happened to me, but then my head goes right back to Florida and I thought this is how they must of felt,” said Heggen. “You don't know where the shots were coming from and what to do and all you could think about is just run."


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