EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New Jersey’small reopened Friday morning following a shooting that left one man seriously hurt.
State Police say they are still searching for three suspects they believe were responsible for the shooting that sent people scrambling for safety.
Benjamin Galvez and other food court workers hid behind a locked kitchen door in an effort to avoid being shot. Over the mall’s loud speaker, they heard, “Attention American Dream, remain in lockdown procedures until further notice.”
“Security was telling us to just stay in our jobs, or stay in a store,” Galvez told CBS2.
Police say the bullets rang out around 5:50 p.m. Thursday inside the state’s popular mall. Officers rushed inside with rifles drawn to target the shooters.
Mallgoers, like Fred Molina, described the scene as chaotic, while having to shelter in place for more than an hour. He’s still processing what happened.
“Security came by and started telling everyone to get back, get back in the room toward Saks Fifth Avenue,” he said. “There were about a good 60 to 80 people there. And then the doors came down, and then someone said there was a shooting.”
American Dream released a statement Friday, reading in part, “The safety and security of our guests, tenants and team members continues to be our top priority. We will continue to have increased security and police presence throughout the property.”
New Jersey State Police say they believe it was an isolate incident, not an active shooter situation.