MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — An extensive air, land and water search for a man wanted in a fatal workplace shooting has failed to find him, authorities said Friday.
Sang Ho Kim walked into the offices of light fixture company Savenergy in Garden City, near the Roosevelt Field mall, on Wednesday morning and opened fire, Nassau County police have said. An employee, Zachariah Yong Jae Shin, was killed, and the company's chief executive, John Choi, was wounded.
Kim, 63, fled in the direction of the mall, setting off temporary lockdowns of business there and of other businesses and schools in the area, police said.
Kim's sport utility vehicle was found about 12 hours later in Cold Spring, about 70 miles north of Garden City. State police, county sheriff's deputies, park police and others have been searching a vast area of state parkland, railroad tracks and the nearby Hudson River for Kim, who's from Queens.
"So far we have not been successful in our search for Mr. Kim," Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith said Friday afternoon.
Smith noted the search area features rugged mountainous terrain, and he said previous searches for people missing in the area have sometimes taken days or weeks or longer to resolve.
"This has been a very difficult search," Smith said, before vowing that the effort would continue.
The shooting appears to have stemmed from a business dispute between Kim and Savenergy officials, police said.
"There was some disgruntlement between him and the company he was attacking," Nassau County police Chief Steven Skrynecki said.
Savenergy develops energy reduction technology that promises to reduce lighting, air conditioning, heating and electrical costs, according to its website.