MIDDLETOWN, NY — A woman and her young son were injured in a Middletown mall Sunday afternoon after a man discharged a gun, officials said.
A 29-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son were injured. The extent of their injuries was not clear.
"It appears a male who was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and grey pants discharged one round from a handgun into the floor on the second level of the mall in front of American Eagle store," said Police Chief Robert Hertman.
The Woodbury Police Department, which operates about 30 minutes from the mall, reported a round hit the floor and ricocheted off of glass. Department officials say those injured were hit by glass shards.
"Some customers said they heard a bang like a pop," said Dilip Amarnani, the owner of a jewelry store a few doors down from where it happened. "It happened so quick."
Police are still seeking the man whose gun went off. They believe he left the mall, which was evacuated. The man was with a woman who was pushing a stroller with a child inside.
Shoppers described running out of the mall as quickly as possible.
"A handful or staties in full assault gear told us to get the f** out of the mall and we evacuated with everyone else," one man tweeted. "It was crazy and chaotic."
Cary Abbott arrived at the mall to see a movie Sunday afternoon just after people began evacuating.
"People were leaving in droves," he said. "I got out of my car anyway and headed to the theater and saw everything was on lock down."
The mall is about 70 miles from New York City.