Report: Press conference on Destiny USA shooting to discuss 'significant information'

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November 2019
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Thomas Swiney was visiting his family for Thanksgiving. He was with his mom and brother inside Destiny USA’s food court when he heard gunshots on Black Friday.


“My first thought was to get down the escalator,” said Swiney, who fell down the escalator in the chaos and suffered minor gashes on his hands and legs.
Later, while he was searching for his mom and brother in the parking lot outside the food court, there was a second wave of people streaming from inside the mall. That’s when he said he saw a man crouching in the parking lot holding a revolver. 
“He looked right at us, out in the open,” Swiney said.
He later told police what he’d seen. 
Syracuse police are searching for a suspect after a man was shot multiple times in the leg after an altercation in the food court at Destiny USA in Syracuse. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday to discuss “significant information,” according to Syracuse.com.

The shopping center was evacuated after the shooting inside the largest mall in New York state on the busiest shopping day of the year.  Syracuse police responded to a call of shots fired at 7:07 p.m. and arrived on scene within seconds, according to Syracuse Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner.


Police believe the victim was involved in a dispute with the shooter.
“This evening’s unfortunate and isolated incident at Destiny USA was between two known acquaintances and not a random act or part of any intentional threat against the property," said Pyramid Management Group, which owns Destiny USA.

Democrat and Chronicle reporter Sarah Taddeo was there seconds after the shots were fired and as a wave of shoppers fled the mall. Taddeo was entering through the food court entrance with her parents just after 7 p.m. to see a movie when dozens of people ran outside and some yelled that there was a shooting. 
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