Nassau County Police investigate a shooting in East Garden City Wednesday near the Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall. (Long Island Press/Timothy Bolger)
Nassau County Police investigate a shooting in East Garden City Wednesday near the Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall. (Long Island Press/Timothy Bolger)

Nassau County Police confirmed Wednesday morning that two people had been shot by an unknown assailant about a mile south of the Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall.

The shooting took place around 10:10 a.m. at a commercial building located at 645 South Street in East Garden City, according to police.

Authorities describe the potential shooter as Asian, between 6 and 6-foot-2, wearing a red shirt and possibly a brown jacket. He fled the scene in a white SUV, possibly a Honda Pilot, say police, toward the shopping mall.

Police and news helicopters circled the area Wednesday morning and several police vehicles were parked on Ring Road.

Mall workers and the shopping center’s Facebook page confirmed it was in lockdown.

A briefing by Nassau police is expected shortly.

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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.