- The Washington Times - Monday, February 14, 2005

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) — A lone attacker opened fire yesterday inside a crowded mall in upstate New York, wounding one person before running out of ammunition and being subdued by employees, authorities said.

The gunman began shooting inside the Hudson Valley Mall shortly after 3 p.m. in Kingston, nearly 90 miles north of New York City.

The 24-year-old gunman went into a Best Buy store and started firing. When he ran out of ammunition, he was captured by mall employees, police said.

Police did not identify the suspect. State police Capt. Wayne Olson said investigators did not know the number of shots fired.

An Army recruiter was shot in the leg, but was not the target, said Lt. Col. Paul Fanning, a National Guard spokesman. The recruiter was evacuated by helicopter to an Albany hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

Another person was injured in the hand, but police said the injury was not a gunshot wound.

Ulster town Supervisor Fred Wadnola said the gunman used an AK-47 assault rifle.

Ali Afshar, owner of a mall kiosk, said he saw the gunman being tackled from behind by two men who worked at a sporting-goods store. “They hit him and took him to the floor and held him there,” Mr. Afshar said, adding that the shooter was dressed in black.

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