J'nelle AgeeDec 6, 2017, 1:31 pm

Suspect in Galleria Mall shooting appears before judge in Wallkill

Michael Perez-Rodriguez, 27, is accused of firing shot that ricocheted and injured mother and her son

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WALLKILL — Michael Perez-Rodriguez, the suspect identified in the Galleria Mall shooting appeared in front of a Town of Wallkill judge. Rodriguez was accompanied by his lawyer in the courtroom Wednesday morning.

In November, security camera footage captured Rodriquez, a 27-year-old Pennsylvania resident, entering the Galleria at Crystal Run Mall with his wife and children. Police say while in the mall, Rodriguez was carrying a gun and fired a single shot into the floor outside of the American Eagle store. The bullet ricocheted and injured a mother and her 12-year-old son.

Rodriguez was charged with one count of reckless endangerment and two counts of misdemeanor assault for the two people he allegedly injured when his gun discharged. At the time of his arraignment, the Orange County District Attorney said that he was hesitant to describe the shooting was an accident.

No gun charges were filed because Rodriguez has a legal concealed carry permit.

Rodriguez's attorney says the Orange County District Attorney's office is still investigating the incident and evaluating how they are going to pursue Rodriguez's case.

Rodriguez will appear back in Wallkill Town Court on Jan. 3rd.

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