Police Investigate Reports Of Shots Fired At Crossgates Mall
Crossgates Mall in Guilderland went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon following multiple reports of shots fired.
Police from across Albany County responded to the recently reopened mall. As the shopping center was being evacuated, Guiderland Deputy Police Chief Curtis Cox spoke to reporters at a nearby press conference.
“We have no reports of any injuries and we feel that this was an isolated incident. It wasn’t a long duration active shooter event. This was a single incident, it appears, that occurred by the Footlocker in the mall.”
Crossgates released its own statement on its Facebook page Wednesday evening:
"The safety of our guests and tenants remains our highest priority. This afternoon’s unfortunate and isolated incident at Crossgates appears to have been between known acquaintances and not a random act or part of any intentional threat against the property. The altercation resulted in the discharge of a firearm inside our facility. Law enforcement officials and Crossgates personnel were already onsite at the time of the incident inside the facility, and along with our tenants, immediately engaged in a comprehensive, routinely practiced and programmed response to address the incident. As such, Crossgates immediately went into lockdown. At this time, no arrest has been made, but law enforcement officials are confident the suspect has vacated the property. Law enforcement officials are currently assisting guests and tenants in safely vacating the property. Crossgates will be closing for the evening and reopening in the morning while we work closely with law enforcement officials in the full investigation of this incident."
Police say an investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. Management said the mall will reopen as normal on Thursday.