Guilderland police are investigating a late Friday afternoon shooting in a Crossgates Mall parking lot during an apparent attempted robbery that left a vehicle sprayed with gunfire.
No one was hit and no injuries were reported. The initial investigation indicates the parties did not know each other.
Police Capt. Curtis Cox on Friday night said he could not immediately recall a previous shooting at the mall.
The incident occurred at 5:30 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the mall on the Western Avenue side outside of JCPenney and the Pottery Barn, when two males, at least one with a weapon, approached four individuals.
Three of the victims made it to their car and started to drive away, while the fourth left on foot.
“What we are investigating now appears to be an attempted robbery,” Cox said.
The vehicle was struck four to five times with bullets believed to be from a handgun, Cox said. He did not know if both assailants were armed or fired. The bullets struck the passenger side of the car.
There were witnesses in the parking lot who reported the shooting.
The three victims later picked up the fourth victim and left the scene without reporting it, police said. They were stopped a short time later on Route 20 by police and cooperated with authorities; their car was impounded.
According to Cox, there is no known connection between the assailants and the victims. Cox did not know why the victims did not initially go to police after the attempted robbery.
The suspects may have been driving a black or dark-colored Lexus.
Police are seeking additional witnesses and plan to review surveillance footage.