PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lock down at New Jersey's largest shopping mall has been found dead of a self-inflicted wound.
The body of 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, N.J., was found in a back area of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus early this morning. Authorities say Shoop killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and that a note was found.
There were no other injuries.
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Hundreds of officers are searching for a gunman at a New Jersey mall not far from Manhattan.
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.
A spokeswoman for the Paramus Police Department won't confirm whether shots had been fired inside the mall.
A manager at a Chili's restaurant told The Associated Press the business is on lockdown. She said a manager at Nordstrom ran over to use the phone and said there had been a shooting.
One customer told NorthJersey.com she was in a clothing store when she saw a man walk by and then heard three shots followed by two more. She said he appeared to be wearing body armor and was wearing a helmet with the visor pulled up.
Other shoppers tweeted that they were escorted from the mall by armed state troopers. Paramus is about 20 miles west of Manhattan.
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