NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York authorities are still on the hunt for a man wanted in a fatal workplace shooting on Long Island.
Police say Sang Ho Kim disappeared after he opened fire inside a light fixture company in Garden City, N.Y. on Wednesday morning, killing one employee and wounding the company’s chief executive. He was still missing Saturday.
His sport utility vehicle was found in Cold Spring, about a 70 mile drive northwest of Garden City.
“The suspect had a connection to the Hudson Valley, perhaps as long as 20 years ago, perhaps to this area, when this suspect vacationed in the area,” Putnam County Sheriff Don Smith said. “We believe the suspect knew this area and didn’t come here by accident.”
Officials there searched a vast area of state parkland, railroad tracks and the nearby Hudson River but found no trace of Kim, who lived in Queens. Police continued to search in other areas, including New York City.
Police are working under the assumption that Kim is armed and at large, but authorities said they are considering all possibilities, including that he may have killed himself or fled the region.
The suspect’s sister reportedly received a message from Kim shortly before the shooting that suggested that he may take his own life.
Police said the shooting apparently stemmed from a business dispute between the 63-year-old Kim and company officials.
After the shooting, police said Kim took off in the SUV. He was last seen wearing a red shirt with a gray or brown suit jacket, police said.
Investigators said they do not believe there is an imminent threat to the community, but urged people to take precautions.
“We’re asking everyone to lock their doors, secure your vehicles and if you see anything suspicious or unusual, report it,” Smith said.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has asked anyone with information to call 845-808-4350.
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