GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — The search for a man wanted in a fatal workplace shooting stretched to the northern New York City suburbs on Thursday as police found the getaway car, but not the alleged gunman.
Authorities said they were considering all possibilities for the whereabouts of Sang Ho Kim, of Queens, including that he may have killed himself or fled the region.
Kim's white SUV was found at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sandy Beach Park in Cold Spring, about 50 miles north of New York City. The heavily wooded area is not far from the Hudson River and close to a commuter railroad station.
Authorities said the 63-year-old suspect walked into a room where the owner and employees of the Long Island light fixture import firm were standing and opened fired at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Kim was reported to have fled in the direction of the nearby Roosevelt Field mall, touching off lockdowns of businesses in and near the mall and of nearby schools. Some customers later said they had fleeting concerns about a copycat terrorist attack like the one that took place at a mall in Kenya over the weekend.
Precautionary lockdowns of schools in Putnam County were announced Thursday after Kim's vehicle was found in Cold Spring.
"We don't want to be alarmist, but we have a fugitive loose," Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith said at a news conference. "We have someone who committed homicide. We're telling people please lock your doors; don't leave your keys in the car."
Police on Long Island said the shooting appeared to have stemmed from a business dispute between Kim and Savenergy officials.
"There was some disgruntlement between him and the company he was attacking," Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said Wednesday. "We have nothing to suggest that this individual is on a random, shooting rampage."
The wounded man was identified as John Choi, chief executive of Savenergy. Nassau University Medical Center spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg said he was in the intensive care unit in critical condition.
The Savenergy offices in Garden City remained closed on Thursday. The company's website said it develops energy reduction technology that promises to reduce lighting, air conditioning, heating and electrical costs.
Associated Press writers Jim Fitzgerald contributed to this report.