UPDATE: Shooter Found Dead Inside the Mall.
The gunman has been found dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound inside New Jersey mall around 3:30 a.m., authorities released a short time ago.
Authorities confirmed the identity of the suspect, as Richard Shoop, age 20, of Teaneck, N.J., his body was found in a back area of mall.
Police found Shoop’s body over six hours after they say Shoop entered the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall Monday evening and fired his weapon several times, The gun, was stated as a rifle, was owned lawfully by Shoop’s brother, reports state..
New Jersey Mall Shooter Suspect Revealed But Still On The Loose
By Lonny Frost
On the evening of Nov. 4, shortly after 9:00pm, a shooter dressed in black clothing, possibly full body armor is said to have walked inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J. and fired shots. However, conflicting reports claim that as many as 8 shots may have actually been fired. Although, police claim only one shot was fired as they have only recovered 1 shell casing.
Shoppers inside the mall used their cell phones to talk to loved ones and were telling them there was a shooter in the mall. The mall was instantly locked down.
Witnesses claim many shots were fired on the second level of the Nordstrom department store. Witnesses claim the shooter was calm as he shot out several security cameras. Police have not confirmed this information as they search the entire mall for any evidence and view videos inside the mall.
It has been reported that the shooter is a male, that was armed with some kind of rifle or shotgun. He had on a back pack, wearing a dark helmet and black clothing, according to an alert that law enforcement from Bergen County issued after 11 p.m.
Police believe the gunman had left the mall shortly after the shots were fired. Police continue to search for the gunman outside the Mall. Police are said to be using everything to find the man.
We have received word that no one actually saw the suspect leave the mall and police were still assisting people out of the stores and outside of the mall. We have also learned that police are checking every store, inch by inch.
Police at this time have not released any further information about the suspect, the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., released a name. Citing two senior law enforcement sources, report that the shooter has been identified as Richard Shoop, a 20-year-old restaurant worker from Teaneck, N.J.
It was also stated that Shoop was looking for a particular individual, who was not at the mall when Shoop went in looking for that person. It has recently been reported that the suspect’s cell phone has been found in the mall. Also found was a back pack and dark jacket that is believed to be Shoop’s. Police at this time are continuing their search for the suspect.
Although at this time the Tioga Freedomist has confirmed the name of the individual but not all of the information released. We can state that NO ONE IS DENYING the information we posted throughout the coverage. A staff member made the choice to place the suspect’s name out there for the safety of our readers in New Jersey.
Thankfully, no one else was injured, since the gunman fired his first shot. It is said that police from neighboring counties and SWAT teams were on scene until Tuesday morning.
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