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Rack Knocked Over At Long Island Mall, Mass Panic And Evacuations Ensue

Last-minute Christmas shopping got even more chaotic at the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, N.Y. after a shoplifter took out a rack in a Macy’s department store. Shoppers went fleeing for their lives thinking it was gunfire.

1. Around 1:30 p.m. ET, unconfirmed reports started to surface on social media that the Roosevelt Field mall on Long Island, N.Y. had been evacuated due to gunfire.


Yumna Rizvi

@YumnaRizvi

Just got evacuated from Roosevelt Field man. Apparently there’s a gunman inside. Gunshots heard. #NewYork

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Jason Rabinowitz

@AirlineFlyer

NCPD received multiple 911 calls about shots fired inside Roosevelt Field mall. Entrances & exits closed. Responding units have nothing yet

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LatinoReview-Kel

@Latinoreview

Four shots fired in Bloomingdale’s window cracked everyone evacuated. this happened Roosevelt Field

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Lori Bordonaro

@Lori4NY

Just hid in a stockroom at roosevelt field mall after reports of shots fired. #scareymoments

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This is the same shopping center where 63-year-old Sang Ho Kim shot and killed one fellow employee and injured another person in September.

7. Ambulances and police were deployed shortly after the incident occured. Lacking any hard evidence of a shooting, local media reported it as a “disturbance.”

Twitter

Units on scene at Roosevelt Field have no evidence of a shooting, looking to open the mall back up. They are reviewing security video now.

— AirlineFlyer (@Jason Rabinowitz)

Jason Rabinowitz

@AirlineFlyer

Units on scene at Roosevelt Field have no evidence of a shooting, looking to open the mall back up. They are reviewing security video now.

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#BREAKING There have been reports of a disturbance at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, Long Island.

— ABC7NY (@Eyewitness News)

Eyewitness News

@ABC7NY

#BREAKING There have been reports of a disturbance at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, Long Island.

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10. After further investigation, it was determined the loud noises resulted from a rack knocked over by an inept shoplifter.

NO SHOTS FIRED at Roosevelt Field Macys. Shoplifter knocked over a rack that sounded like gunshots, but nothing happened. Its okay everybody

— FernandezDavid (@David Fernandez)

David Fernandez

@FernandezDavid

NO SHOTS FIRED at Roosevelt Field Macys. Shoplifter knocked over a rack that sounded like gunshots, but nothing happened. Its okay everybody

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UPDATE: Roosevelt Field Mall is NOT on lockdown. People ran out but it was not fully evacuated.

— ABC7NY (@Eyewitness News)

Eyewitness News

@ABC7NY

UPDATE: Roosevelt Field Mall is NOT on lockdown. People ran out but it was not fully evacuated.

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UPDATE: Mall rep: #RooseveltFieldMall reopened; no shots fired - http://t.co/Hz7VvgteIA

— News12LI (@News12LI)

News12LI

@News12LI

UPDATE: Mall rep: #RooseveltFieldMall reopened; no shots fired - http://t.co/Hz7VvgteIA

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Police: No shots fired at Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island. Alarming sound was display shoplifter toppled inside Macy's. @ABC

— AaronKatersky (@Aaron Katersky)

Aaron Katersky

@AaronKatersky

Police: No shots fired at Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island. Alarming sound was display shoplifter toppled inside Macy’s. @ABC

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A rack fell at the Roosevelt Field Mall, people freaked out, thought there was a shooting, & started tweeting it. There are no shots fired.

— BigMan_44 (@John K)

John K

@BigMan_44

A rack fell at the Roosevelt Field Mall, people freaked out, thought there was a shooting, & started tweeting it. There are no shots fired.

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15. Mall officials and police confirmed the report that the whole incident was caused by a bungling thief.


Apparently a shoplifter in Macy’s knocked over a major display case that crashed on the floor. Smaller items in the display case fell all over the floor.. The display case crashing sounded like gunshots and created a panic.
Macy’s and the mall is in the process of being re-opened.

16. Nassau County Police confirm there were no shots in a statement given to BuzzFeed:


In response to report of shots being fired at the mall, we can now confirm that there was in fact no shots fired at the mall. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Via Nassau County Police

17. But some saw the chaos as a Christmas Eve miracle in disguise.

False alarm got me front row parking..glad everyone is safe though #happyshopping

— grabs40 (@Michael Grabner)

Michael Grabner

@grabs40

False alarm got me front row parking..glad everyone is safe though #happyshopping

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18. As of press time, the whereabouts of this Ugg’s owner are still unknown.

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