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Man Suspected of Firing Gun in Crowded NY Mall Turns Himself in: Police

Two people were injured after a gun was discharged at Galleria at Crystal Run mall

What to Know

  • Police say the man suspected of firing a gun in a New York mall crowded with holiday shoppers on Sunday has turned himself in
  • On Tuesday, authorities released surveillance footage of the man who is thought to have fired the gun in the Galleria at Crystal Run
  • Two people were injured and there was a heavy police presence at the mall and witnesses described shoppers crying during a large evacuation

Police say the man suspected of firing a gun in a New York mall crowded with holiday shoppers has turned himself in. 

Monticello police confirmed the suspect, whose name hasn't been released, turned himself in Tuesday night. He has since been turned over to Wallkill police. 

Police on Tuesday released surveillance video of the man suspected in the gun fire. 

At a news conference, Wallkill police Chief Robert Hertman showed four videos of the suspect entering the Galleria at Crystal Run Sunday afternoon with a woman, a young child and an infant. Other videos show people reacting to a shot and the suspect and woman walking quickly past a store and exiting the mall.

Hertman says they've viewed "dozens of hours" video from the shooting that forced scores of shoppers out of the mall as tactical teams rushed in to the shopping center.

Witnesses took to social media, describing dozens of emergency vehicles and police helicopters flying overhead. They said children and adults were crying as they were being evacuated from the busy shopping center. One woman wrote she had "never been so scared in my life." 

The Galleria mall is about 70 miles north of midtown Manhattan. It also was evacuated during the holiday shopping rush in December 2008, when an odor of gas at a department store forced the shopping center to close early on a Thursday evening.

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