Authorities: Suspect in NJ Mall Shooting Is Dead

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Authorities: Suspect in NJ Mall Shooting Is Dead
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 1:21pm

"A 20-year-old gunman intent on dying fired multiple shots inside New Jersey's largest shopping mall, trapping hundreds of customers and employees for hours as police scoured stores for the shooter, who was found dead early Tuesday of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said. There were no other injuries.

Investigators don't believe the gunman, identified as 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, intended to shoot anyone when he began firing at the ceiling and elsewhere at the Garden State Plaza on Monday night shortly before the mall's closing time, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

"We think he went in with the intent that he was not going to come out alive," Molinelli said.

He said Shoop was known to authorities and had had a problem with drugs, but he did not elaborate."

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How does the latest shooting make you feel? Seems like we're seeing more and more of these, although thankfully this shooter did no harm to anyone other than himself. Are you nervous to go places?

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Registered: 10-13-2013
Wed, 11-27-2013 - 1:13am

I believe that its getting worse, and things are out of control on several levels. Anytime I go anywhere or allow my children to go somewhere I do worry about what could happen. Anymore a person can't help but have that feeling.