Panic at a Packed NY Mall When Shots are Fired as People Do Christmas Shopping

Eyewitnesses describe pandemonium but applaud stores' employees for their preparedness during a crisis situation.
1:54 | 12/23/15

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We move on this Tuesday night to other news in a scare late today panic inside when of the nation's biggest malls right outside New York City. Gunshots ringing out in that packed mall distaste for Christmas shoppers evacuated. Prodding net staircase video of shoppers hiding in his poor outside confusion and fear this could be terrorism. ABC's Lindsay Janice reporting in tonight. Like. Pandemonium everybody was right and just two days before Christmas panic at this packed New York mall hundreds of last minute shoppers warning for cover just a stampede came there. Many twice none to get trampled in the rush to the exit. Others were hiding in stores but the doesn't read the bathroom at the back of my story we've just scratched and waiting. And the office or England on the Roosevelt. Field mall on Long Island New York one of the war between the malls in the country. Schools in the area blowing them locked down. But police quickly holding fears I think active shooter. The motive was clearly a robbery is was not an active she at a nursing that we thought was having some incidents an example of the country on edge in the wake of the San Bernardino attend. Earlier this month shoppers and another mall outside wind three thieves with sledgehammers were mistaken for. Did shooters at it was a terrorist attack. Authorities today saying the suspect is trying to rob the woman's section of this you know to restore around 1 PM. When he was confronted by the store's security guard. They say the two struggled a shot firing from the suspect's gun into the mall hitting a 67 year old employee. The suspect is now in police custody. David the man was shot is in serious but stable condition the mall is now completely reopened only part of that was in lockdown and evacuated. There's a lot of relief here tonight.

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