Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reported that police divers recovered a gun from the Hudson River Thursday Oct. 9, and that it is believed to be the weapon used in a fatal shooting on Long Island two weeks ago.
New York State Police divers, working with Nassau County Police homicide detectives, recovered a handgun from the river near the bank of Sandy Beach State Park in Cold Spring. The weapon was recovered near where authorities had found the parked car belonging to Sang Ho Kim on Sept. 25, just hours after he allegedly shot two men – one of them fatally – in East Garden City. An ensuing manhunt for Kim in the Putnam County area ended on Sept. 30, when Kim’s body was found floating in the river near the Bear Mountain Bridge.
Authorities believe that the handgun recovered is the same one allegedly used by Kim in the East Garden City shootings. That cannot be confirmed until the weapon undergoes ballistic testing.
Sheriff Smith said that the divers’ recovery of the gun puts to rest a concern on the minds of some area residents.
“Families who visit the park need no longer worry that this gun might be lying somewhere along the shore or just off a trail where a child might find it and pick it up,” Smith said.