Suspect In Shooting Fled, Remained At Large Sunday Night

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A wake was held Sunday night for a 25-year-old man who was killed in a workplace shooting on Long Island last week.

Meanwhile, the suspected gunman remained at large.

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Zachariah Yong Jae Shin of Whitestone, Queens was killed when Sang Ho Kim, 63, allegedly opened fire at a light fixture company in Garden City.

Mourners gathered at a Queens funeral home to remember the office worker Sunday night.

The chief executive officer of the company, John Choi, was critically wounded in the shooting.

Nassau County Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said Kim once worked as a vendor for the company and said the motive “appears to be a work-related.”

Choi’s wife told CBS 2 that Kim believed the company owed him money, but she said it did not.

After the shooting, police said Kim took off in a white Honda sport-utility vehicle. He was last seen wearing a red shirt with a gray or brown suit jacket, police said.

Authorities said Kim’s white Honda SUV was found abandoned Wednesday night in Cold Spring, about a 70 mile drive northwest of Garden City. Police believe he might have fled into the woods

“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.”

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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.

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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