Authorities: Suspect in NJ Mall Shooting is Dead

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Authorities don't believe a gunman who killed himself after causing a lockdown at New Jersey's largest shopping mall wanted to hurt anyone.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that 20-year-old Richard Shoop went into the Garden State Plaza Mall with the intent that he was not going to come out alive.
The prosecutor says Shoop left an ambiguous note with his family. While the prosecutor would not call it a suicide note, Molinelli says it did "express that an end is coming."

The Teaneck, N.J., resident's body was found in a back corridor on the lower level of the mall in Paramus early Tuesday.

Chaos erupted Monday shortly before the mall's 9:30 p.m. closing time. Authorities say Shoop walked in dressed in black and fired shots. There were no injuries.

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PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Hundreds of officers are searching for a gunman at a New Jersey mall not far from Manhattan.

Witnesses at the Garden State Plaza Mall -- in Paramus-- say the gunman was dressed in black and wearing a helmet. He's said to have fired up to five shots shortly after the mall closed at 9 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Paramus Police Department won't confirm whether shots had been fired inside the mall.

A manager at a Chili's restaurant told The Associated Press the business is on lockdown. She said a manager at Nordstrom ran over to use the phone and said there had been a shooting.

One customer told NorthJersey.com she was in a clothing store when she saw a man walk by and then heard three shots followed by two more. She said he appeared to be wearing body armor and was wearing a helmet with the visor pulled up.

Other shoppers tweeted that they were escorted from the mall by armed state troopers. Paramus is about 20 miles west of Manhattan.


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