Panic reigned at New Jersey’s largest shopping mall Monday night when a gunman in a black leather jacket and a biker helmet fired several shots from a rifle, according to witnesses.
The suspect, identified as Richard Shoop, was later found dead in a construction site within the mall, NBC New York reported Tuesday morning. He was apparently killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Terrified shoppers ducked for cover or ran for exits when gunfire erupted at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus shortly before its 9:30 p.m. closing, officials said. No injuries were reported.
The 20-year-old suspect lives in Teaneck, N.J., and works at a restaurant there, two senior law enforcement officials told The Star-Ledger.
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