UPDATE: Destiny USA closes for the night after man was shot in the leg

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Destiny USA is closed for the night after Syracuse Police say a man was shot in the leg on Friday evening.

The mall has been evacuated and people are asked to stay away from the area.

Chief Kenton Buckner says Syracuse Police were called to Destiny USA around 7:07 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

Initial information indicated that it may have been fireworks, but police quickly determined there was a victim with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say the victim was involved in an altercation or assault and shots were fired at that time.

The victim, whose name and age, have not been released was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect is not in custody.

Police say this was not a random act and it was not an active shooter situation.

Chief Buckner says they will continue to have a significant police presence in the mall and other shopping locations around Central New York.

The following is a statement from Pyramid Management Group, who owns the mall:

“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. The altercation resulted in the discharge of a firearm inside our facility and injury to one of the two individuals. Law enforcement officials and Destiny USA personnel were already onsite at the time of the incident inside the facility, and along with our tenants, immediately engaged in a comprehensive, routinely practiced and programmed response to address the incident. As such, Destiny USA immediately went into lockdown. At this time, no arrest has been made, but law enforcement officials are confident the suspect has vacated the property. As such, the facility is no longer in lockdown, and all guests and tenants will be allowed to vacate the property. Destiny USA will be closing for the evening and reopening in the morning while we work closely with law enforcement officials in the full investigation of this incident.”

Pyramid Management Group

NewsChannel 9 has a crew enroute to the scene. Check back for updates

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