MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- One round fired from a handgun inside the Galleria at Crystal Run sent a Goshen woman and her 12-year-old son to the hospital, and, according to authorities, caused a ripple of misinformation on social media.
Police are now looking for a male and female who had two small children with them around 3 p.m. Sunday, and then fled the shopping center.
The wounds suffered by the 49-year-old woman and her son were described as minor abrasions, caused by either bullet fragments or a shattered floor tile as they stood five to 10 feet away. Police said the bullet was fired into the floor in front of the American Eagle store.
Both the woman and her son were treated and released.
After the shot was fired, emergency officials from across the region quickly blocked off the entrances to the mall, while working to evacuate stores one-by-one after a lockdown was initiated.
Police said the response helped tamp down the potential for panic, but according to Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois, misinformation spread on social media, both from civilians and unauthorized government agencies.
"Wait until you get the official information from the people in charge. That was not done. You had other police agencies or other governmental agencies – they should not have done so," said DuBois.
Meanwhile, a suspect was described as a white or Hispanic male, 6-foot-2 with dark hair, a beard and mustache, and wearing a dark jacket and khaki pants. A 5-foot-4 white or Hispanic female with blonde hair was described as a person of interest. Police said an infant and a 3-year-old child accompanied them.
"We feel that any video images we would release at this point would not be helpful in identifying the suspects, and two, it's still very early in the investigation," said Town of Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman.
The mall reopened on Monday.