Putnam Sheriff: More Than 100 Officers Assisting in Manhunt For Man Wanted in LI Murder
UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: At an afternoon press conference, police urged calm, but said they have so far been unable to locate the suspect wanted in connection with the killing of a man near the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island and the shooting injury of another.
“We don’t want to be alarmist, but we have a fugitive on the loose,” said Putnam County Donald Smith. “We have someone who committed a homicide”
New York State Police representatives said it is clear Kim knows the area well. The rugged area is difficult to traverse and “really taxing” police resources. More than 100 police officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State Police, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police, Cold Spring Police and the Putnam Sheriffs department were part of the search, utilizing K-9 and helicopters.
“I don’t think this was a random location,” State Police Maj. Michael Roby said. “It’s obvious that he does know the area, but we’re not sure how exactly he’s connected to it.”
Smith said there is a possibility the suspect is no longer alive, but police are assuming a worst case scenario just in case. It’s still unclear whether schools will be open tomorrow, but if they are there is likely to be an increased police presence.
Video from the press conference is below. Check back for updates as they become available.
COLD SPRING, N.Y.– Residents are being urged to stay inside and lock their doors as the manhunt for the suspect in a Long Island Mall shooting intensified Thursday morning.
Haldane Schools are closed and all activities are cancelled. The suspect, Sang Ho Kim, 63, of Queens, is believed to be the disgruntled vendor who walked into a business near Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island yesterday and opened fire, killing an employee and wounding a bystander.
Kim’s white 2007 Honda Pilot was found parked at Little Stony Point early this morning. That started the manhunt and lead to an initial two hour delay for Haldane Schools before they were shuttered completely.
In addition, the Beacon City School District is on Lock-Out, officials say, as a precaution, due to the armed manhunt. During Lock-Out, students are brought in from outside, all exterior doors are locked, and no one is allowed to enter or exit schools.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has issued the following statement: “Please be advised that there is a statewide manhunt for an armed and dangerous suspect. This manhunt is focused in the Philipstown area, north of Route 301. All roads are subject to closure by police. Due to the fact that this subject is armed and dangerous, residents are advised to use caution. At this time, the FBI is handling the search and has not shared information with any village officials. MTA Police are also at the scene.
In Cold Spring, State Highway 9D is closed northbound between Route 301 and Breakneck Road in Beacon. There are major delays reporting.
Along Main Street in Cold Spring there is a heavy armed police presence and a helicopter could be heard circling overhead.
Carmel School Superintendent Dr. James Ryan says he has been closely monitoring the incident. While there is no indication that the gunman is in the vicinity of the schools, he says, extra police have been stationed on the campus as a precaution.
The Hudson Valley Reporter’s Dan Curtis and Michelle Carter are at the scene. We will update the story continuously as information becomes available.