GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A suspected shoplifter knocked over a display case at the Roosevelt Field Mall on Long Island Tuesday, but the scene was sheer panic as shoppers ran for their lives upon thinking they had heard gunshots.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, all was back to calm as night fell on Christmas Eve and the deadline approached for holiday shopping. But around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, it all came to a halt.
“People were just coming out, running so we thought somebody had a gun or somebody was fighting but nobody told us. Everybody was panicking,” Cherry, who was shopping in Macy’s with her husband at the time of the incident, told 1010 WINS. “Everybody looked scared so we knew something was really wrong.”