The New Jersey mall shooter is dead. “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,” reported CNN on Nov. 5, 2013.
As of early Tuesday morning, the identity of the dead New Jersey mall shooter has not been released. However, since the New Jersey mall shooting, which began around 9:15 p.m. on Monday night, authorities identified 20-year-old Richard Shoop as a possible suspect.
According to a Star-Ledger report, the New Jersey mall shooter was discovered dead inside a Foot Locker store at the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall. He had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a rifle.
Around 9:15 p.m. on Monday, a gunman – dressed in full tactical gear, including body armor, carrying a rifle – walked into the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall and started shooting at the security cameras.
The New Jersey mall shooting, which occurred shortly before closing time, trapped customers and Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall employees for hours as 200 law enforcement officers responded to the New Jersey mall shooting.
An intense manhunt for the 20-year-old suspect Richard Shoop included not only a store-by-store search at the Garden State Plaza Mall but also a house-by-house search of his place of residence in Teaneck.
While no employees or customers were injured during the NJ mall shooting, the scene at Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall was one of chaos and panic.
Some witnesses report that the shooter told them that he had no intent of hurting them. As of Tuesday morning, no motive for the NJ mall shooting has been reported.