Real Reason Why Mall in Hudson Valley ‘Locked Down’
We learned more information on why a Hudson Valley shopping center was “locked down” following reports of a gunman.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Crystal Run Galleria at 1 Galleria Drive in Middletown was locked down following reports of gunfire.
“Reports of gunfire in mall. Several O / S units assessing situation. Mall being evacuated. Several FD on their way to traffic control and evacuation,” wrote Hudson Valley NY Incidents on Facebook.
Hudson Valley NY Incidents later updated their post and said there were “reports of a man with a gun in the mall.”
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The Town of Wallkill Police Department confirmed that police responded to the Crystal Run Galleria to a report of an armed person inside the mall.
“We are currently investigating a report of an armed person in the Crystal Run Galleria. The mall is currently on lockdown,” the Town of Wallkill Police Department said in a press release.
At approximately 4:40 pm, police said that “everything is clear” had been given to the mall.
“Right now, the Galleria Shopping Center is given a green light, all locked up people are asked to exit through the nearest exit,” Wallkill Town Police said.
Later Tuesday, police gave more details. Officers responded to the Crystal Run Galleria at around 2:56 pm, following a report of a “suspicious person” at the mall.
When police arrived at the scene, a citizen said she observed a man who may have been armed with a gun walking in the mall’s parking lot, police said.
A subsequent investigation found that there was no threat to anyone in the mall, according to the Town of Wallkill Police Department.
Soon after, the lockdown was lifted and the mall reopened.
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