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Two detained at Destiny USA for possessing shotgun, revolver inside mall

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Syracuse police apprehended two individuals for carrying illegal firearms inside Destiny USA mall on Thursday, August 24.


Around 5:50 p.m., officers were alerted to a suspicious individual, later identified as 20-year-old Thomas Flynn, who was seen dropping and then concealing a revolver outside the mall.

Utilizing security camera footage, officers pinpointed Flynn and another male teen inside the shopping center. A subsequent search revealed that Flynn had a loaded HNR Sportsman .22 Long Rifle and a bag containing pocket knives, suboxone, ambien, and xanax.

The accompanying 17-year-old was found to have a loaded ‘sawed off’ Iver Johnson 12 gauge shotgun in his backpack.

Both individuals were transported to the Public Safety Building for processing. Flynn faces charges including Criminal Possession of a Firearm and Controlled Substance, and is currently at the Onondaga County Justice Center.

The teen, facing multiple weapons charges, is being held at Hillbrook Detention Center. Syracuse Police Department commended officers at Destiny USA for their swift response, emphasizing the importance of public vigilance and reporting suspicious activities.