GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A disgruntled vendor walked into a suburban light fixture company where he had done business and opened fire Wednesday, killing one employee, wounding another person and leading to the lockdown of a nearby mall, police said.
The gunman fled in a white SUV on a road toward the Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City, said Nassau County police department chief Steven Skrynecki. Schools and businesses also were locked down in the area, about 30 miles east of New York City.
Skrynecki said authorities were hunting for a man named Sang Ho Kim but didn't think he was on a "random shooting rampage."
"This seems to be motivated by his association with this business," he said.
Police said Kim once served as a vendor to the light fixture import firm, Savenergy. It wasn't clear what sparked the shooting, but the gunman walked into a room where the owner and employees were standing and fired.
The second wounded victim was undergoing surgery. No names were released.
Skrynecki said there were about four people total inside the company at the time. He refused to say what type of a weapon was used or whether one was recovered.
The mall remained on lockdown a few hours later, but authorities were allowing people to leave after being checked by police. Authorities said they had finished searching nearby buildings and lifted the school lockdown.
"We're very confident he's not in this immediate area," Skrynecki said.
A call to Savenergy wasn't returned.