Middletown mall 'active shooter reports' – Galleria shopping center on lockdown as cops search for 'gunman'

AN "ACTIVE shooter" was reported at a shopping center in New York on Tuesday.

Local police said they received reports of an armed person in the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, New York.

Cops said that they are searching the mall, but did not stand up whether there was an active shooter on the scene.

One person claimed "my daughter was in parking lot when shoppers ran out of Target en masse, stating there was a shooter in the mall."

Read our live blog below for the latest on the incident…

  • Luke Kenton

    SHOOTING HAPPENED AT MALL FOUR YEARS AGO

    A woman and her young son were injured were injured in a shooting inside the Galleria at Crystal Run back in November 2017.

    A male who was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and grey pants discharged one round from a handgun into the floor on the second level of the mall in front of the American Eagle store.

    Michael Perez Rodriguez, then 27, surrendered to police days later.

    He was charged with reckless endangerment and misdemeanor assault. No gun charges were filed because Rodriguez has a legal concealed carry permit.

  • Luke Kenton

    'NO EVIDENCE OF GUNFIRE', COUNTY EXECUTIVE SAYS

    Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus told an WABC reporter that customers and staff were being escorted from the building store by store.

    Footage from the scene showed cop cars with their flashing lights on, and other vehicles leaving the area.

    Neuhaus added that there is no evidence of any gunfire.

  • Luke Kenton

    POLICE RECEIVED 'AT LEAST ONE REPORT OF MAN WITH SHOTGUN'

    Police were summoned to the shopping center just after 3.30pm local time following at least one report of a man with a shotgun inside the mall.

    Reported Ben Nandy said he spoke with a state police spokesperson who said there was no threat to the public.

    He added that there was "nothing to substantiate" reports of there being a man with a gun in the building.

    The Town of Wallkill Police Department said that the reports were "currently unfounded" as of 3.45pm.

  • Luke Kenton

    NO SIGNS YET OF ACTIVE SHOOTER

    Officials confirmed they were at the shopping center just after 3.30pm local time on Tuesday afternoon.

    Cops said that they are searching the mall, but did not stand up whether there was an active shooter on the scene.

    People inside of the mall took to Twitter with reports that there was a shooting at a Target in the mall.

    Those claims have not yet been stood up.

  • Luke Kenton

    NO INJURIES REPORTED

    So far no injuries have been reported in relation to the alleged active shooter, nor the subsequent evacuation.

    Police are also working to verify whether an armed suspect is or was ever inside the mall.

    No arrests have yet been made.

  • Luke Kenton

    HUGE POLICE PRESENCE AS SWEEP OF MALL CARRIED OUT

    A huge police presence is currently outside of the Galleria Mall in Middletown as cops sweep the building.

    A video posted to social media showed heavily-armed officers making their way towards the entrance of the mall as sirens wail out in the background.

  • Luke Kenton

    PANIC AMID SHOPPERS DURING INVESTIGATION

  • Luke Kenton

    ROADS SURROUNDING MALL BLOCKED OFF

    Roads surrounding the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, NY, have been shut off by police.

    Police were alerted to a report of a man carrying a shotgun inside the mall, though so far the claim appears unfounded.

  • Luke Kenton

    VIDEO SHOWS POLICE RESPONSE TO MALL

  • Luke Kenton

    POLICE: NO EVIDENCE OF GUNFIRE

    In an update posted to Facebook, the Town of Wallkill Police Department dispeled reports on social media that shots had been fired inside the mall.

    "We are currently investigating a report of a person armed in the Galleria at Crystal Run," the department wrote. "The mall currently locked down, as of this post the report is currently unfounded.

    "We are in the process of systematically searching the mall. Please avoid the area."

  • Luke Kenton

    SHOPPERS RAN OUT 'EN MASSE'

    A Twitter user said in a post that their daughter had been in the parking lot at Galleria at Crystal Run when the mall was locked down.

    "Not confirmed but my daughter was in parking lot when shoppers ran out of Target en masse, stating there was a shooter in the mall.

    "SWAT in responding. Pray it’s unfounded please."

  • Luke Kenton

    POLICE SEARCH MALL 'STORE BY STORE'

    Officers from the Town Of Wallkill were “in the process of systematically searching the mall” on Tuesday afternoon.

    Locals have been asked to avoid the area while search is carried out.

    So far, police have found no sign of the reported armed suspect.

  • Luke Kenton

    NEW YORK MALL ON LOCKDOWN

    The Galleria at Crystal Run mall in Middletown, New York, was locked down on Tuesday amid reports of an armed person.

    Officials confirmed were at the shopping center just after 3.30pm local time.

     

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