In a most recent NJ mall shooting update, police have identified 20-year-old Richard Shoop as a suspect in Monday’s New Jersey mall shooting and a swarm of law enforcement officers, including New Jersey State Police, have raided a Teaneck house believed to be that of the New Jersey shooting suspect, according to a Nov. 5, 2013, Star-Ledger report.
“The address matches that of Richard Shoop, who earlier this morning was identified by two senior law enforcement officials as the preliminary suspect in the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall shooting late Monday night.”
The 20-year-old New Jersey shooting suspect Richard Shoop works at a restaurant in Teaneck, where he also lives.
Early Monday morning, a mix of officers in tactical uniforms and plain clothes — all with guns drawn — moved through the Teaneck neighborhood and knocked on the door at 534 Emerson Ave. in Teaneck. When police approached the New Jersey’s mall shooting suspect’s house, which is a white Dutch Colonial located on a corner lot, a man holding a screwdriver answered the door. While the man’s identity is not known, he appears to be older than 20-year-old New Jersey mall shooting suspect Richard Shoop, and police are continuing to search for the New Jersey mall shooter.
The New Jersey mall, where Monday's shooting occurred, has more than 300 stores and is 2.2 million square feet. Westfield Garden State Plaza is located some 12 miles from Manhattan.
Shortly before closing time on Monday night, around 9:15 p.m., a shooter opened fire at the New Jersey mall, creating chaos throughout the shopping center. Over 200 law enforcement officers responded to the New Jersey mall shooting.
Witnesses report that the gunman inside Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus in New Jersey fired shots at security cameras around 9:15 p.m. local time sending everyone in the mall into panic.
One witness of the New Jersey mall shooting said that the gunman fired at least five shots as he was “strutting by.”
Another witness described the New Jersey mall shooter as “someone dressed in all black, carrying a large gun, walk past our store."
An additional witness reported that the New Jersey mall shooter had full tactical gear on, including body armor, and was carrying a rifle.
"It was just chaos. Everyone was just kind of running to wherever they could. It was almost like when you're watching a horror movie and the killer is walking slowly -- that's what it seemed like. He was wearing all black, it almost looked like body armor of some kind,” reported one witness to CNN.
While no one was injured during Monday’s New Jersey mall shooting, mall customers and employees were left running or ducking for their lives. Bergen County spokeswoman Jeanne Baratta says that authorities believe the suspected New Jersey mall shooter is still in the Garden State Plaza Mall early Tuesday.
NJ mall shooting latest CNN update: "The gunman who opened fire at a New Jersey mall Monday night is dead, authorities said. The shooter's body was discovered at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in a back area of the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall. Authorities said he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound."