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.
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.
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.
Ambulances and police were deployed shortly after the incident occured. Lacking any hard evidence of a shooting, local media reported it as a "disturbance."
After further investigation, it was determined the loud noises resulted from a rack knocked over by an inept shoplifter.
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.
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.