Though limited information has been released regarding the alleged incident that took place at the Poughkeepsie Galleria last week, social media has been full of posts and comments about an assault that happened inside Target.

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What Happened at Target in the Poughkeepsie Galleria on Friday, February 16th?

Concerned community members began asking for more information on Friday, February 16th after reports of an alleged assault inside Target at the Poughkeepsie Galleria.

An anonymous post in the Dutchess County scanner feed group on Facebook included a screenshot recounting the situation with the question:

Does anyone have any additional info? Target in Poughkeepsie Galleria, earlier today (2/16/24)

Nearly 200 comments followed, some with first-hand details of the incident, others taking things in a different direction with political commentary.

Similar information along with the same screenshot was also shared in the Dutchess County Moms and East Fishkill Community Forum Facebook groups generating similar comment sections.

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Community Concerned After Teen Assaulted At Target Poughkeepsie

In line with the reports from several people on Facebook, Mid-Hudson News shared that a teen was 'jumped and beaten by a group of teen males at the Target store at the Poughkeepsie Galleria just after noontime on Friday.'

Target in Greenland, New Hampshire, in 2019.
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Several people reported that Target employees and customers were moving people towards the interior mall entrance to get away from the assault that was taking place towards the front of the store. It was alleged that the teen was punched and kicked, and unconscious when the assailants took off into the parking lot.

First responders from the New Hamburg Fire Department and the EMS service found the 17-year-old victim in a state of unconsciousness but breathing and began to treat him for his injuries.  Town police blocked the entrance and began looking for the suspects.  A second witness told the reporter that there were five assailants that he saw but was unable to provide information about their direction of travel when they ran out of the store.

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We have reached out for additional information regarding this incident and will update the story as more details become available to the public.

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