Updated: Paramus Mall Shooter Found Dead
Monday, November 04, 2013
Update: Authorities say they have found the body of the suspected gunman who opened fire late Monday night at Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Northern New Jersey. The body was found in an area under construction and inaccessible to the public. The Bergen County Prosecutor says the alleged shooter, 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, N.J. apparently killed himself.
After the shooting live television footage showed dozens of law enforcement vehicles surrounding the mall off Route 17 in Bergen County, about 10 miles from George Washington Bridge.
The Star Ledger reports witnesses saw a gunman dressed in black wearing a motorcycle helmet.
WCBS-TV reported earlier that multiple shots were fired around 9:30 p.m. Monday, but officials later said one single shot had been fired and that one single shell casing had been found.
Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said authorities believed the gunman used a long arm rifle and they were going through video footage at the mall.