UPDATE: New Jersey Mall Gunman Found Dead


After a night of searching, police say the man responsible for firing gunshots inside a busy New Jersey mall was found dead Tuesday morning.

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.

NBC News in New York City says police identified the shooter as 20-year-old Richard Shoop from Teanick, N.J. His body was found in a part of the mall that has been under construction. They say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There were no injuries reported in the gunfire, but the mall was locked down by state and local police Monday night and Tuesday morning. Police initially worried the gunman had left the mall. Officials say the shopping center will stay closed on Tuesday.


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