Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano – at a press conference held at Nassau Police headquarters today – gave updates on the shooting incident that occurred yesterday at Roosevelt Field Mall.
Yesterday, at approximately 12:55 p.m., a male subject entered the Rolex watch section at the rear of the Tourneau Jewelry Store located inside Roosevelt Field Mall, County Executive Mangano said. While in the rear of the store, the subject brandished a handgun demanding the watches from the clerk.
According to Nassau Police, and witnesses, a store security guard nearby grabbed the subject and a struggle ensued. As they reached the threshold of the store entrance, a single round was discharged from the subject’s weapon striking a mall employee standing a short distance away in the back of his shoulder. The struggle continued to an adjacent store where the subject was detained until police arrived and took the subject into custody.
The subject has been identified as Oliver Lee, 21 years old and of Little Neck, Queens, Although Lee has no prior record, he is now charged with: robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, and multiple counts of assault. The failed robbery resulted in 6 victims being transported to the hospital, including the 67 year old male with a gunshot wound.
Mangano identified the security officer as retired NYPD Detective Sargent, Kenneth Krug, a Nassau County resident. The County Executive began his remarks at today’s press event, by recognizing the brave officer who he said “began the day, on the job, working as store security, and ended the day in the fight of his life.”
“Not only did retired Detective Sargent Krug wrestle the perpetrator to the ground, he helped detain him,” Mangano told those gathered. “His swift actions helped stem what could have been a great tragedy at the mall during the holiday season.” He also took a moment to express his thoughts and prayers for the victim of yesterday’s events. The gunshot victim is listed in serious but stable condition.
Mangano added that yesterday’s events “demonstrate the Nassau County Police Department’s preparedness and professionalism” and he commended the “brave men and women of the Department” for their swift response. Immediately, officers on patrol as well as those from the Bureau of Special Operations and Criminal Rapid Response Team were on the scene.
Several weeks ago, the County intensified police patrols at malls and other areas of large gatherings; and conducted anti-terror training exercises to prepare for active shooters. The Department also purchased high power rifles earlier this month and continues to train officers with enhanced rifle training.
“While we continue to prepare for the worst and hope for the best, we can never be too vigilant,” County Executive Mangano said.