Suspected shooter at NJ mall dead from self-inflicted gunshot

U.S. -

Emergency personnel responded to shots fired at New Jersey's largest mall just before it closed for the night. Police reported no casualties other than the shooter.

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At least six shots were fired inside the mall minutes before it closed. Some people fled and some were evacuated. More than 500 police officers responded by surrounding and entering the mall. About 400 customers and employees stayed in the mall while police searched store-to-store.

Local police said in a press conference around 4:30am on Nov. 5 that the shooter, identified as Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, NJ, was found dead at about 3:20am of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body was found in the back of the mall, and a suicide note was found in his home.

Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg earlier said that Shoop was dressed in black and was wearing a motorcycle helmet. Witness accounts seemed to corroborate Ehrenberg's statements.

"I don't know as I stand here whether his motive was to injure anyone. I do not believe that Mr. Shoop thought he was going to come out of here alive." John Molinelli, Bergen County prosecutor

Molinelli also accused Shoop of having a history of drug abuse and said that local police knew of him.

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