Police continue to investigate local mall shooting Thursday night

COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are still looking for a suspect after a shooting Thursday night in the parking lot at Colonie Center.

According to officials, Jermel Hawkins, 38, of Schenectady, received a gunshot wound to the abdomen, and is undergoing surgery at Albany Medical Center Hospital. His wound is not believed to be life threatening.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the Colonie Police Department at 783-2744.

Officials also believe this was not a random shooting, and that the victim and two associates were involved in an altercation earlier with another group that included the suspect.

Police received a call at 10:07 p.m. Thursday for a person with a weapon and shots fired in the parking lot of Colonie Center, 1417 Central Avenue, near the entrance to the Cheesecake Factory.

Upon arrival at 10:09 p.m., officers were unable to locate a suspect or a victim.

The only information given regarding the suspect in the shooting was that he was a black male.

A short time later, Albany Med officials reported that a victim of a shooting was at their hospital who had been transported by a personal vehicle. He told officials he was coming from Colonie Center.

Conflicting information was given to police that the suspect had either fled on foot north through the parking lot or had fled in an unknown vehicle.

With assistance from a New York State Police helicopter, Troy Police K-9, Albany County Sheriff K-9,  Guilderland Police, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, the area was canvassed, but a suspect was not located.

During the search, shell casings from a .40 caliber handgun were found, as well as gunshots to an unoccupied parked vehicle and a light pole.

Police also determined that the suspect had fled in a vehicle, but no description is available at this time.

Colonie Center released a statement thanking the Colonie Police for their quick response to the incident.

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