A gunman opened fire at the NJ Garden State Plaza Mall on November 5, 2013. Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, N.J., fired his weapon at least six times. The gun, described as a modified rifle, was owned lawfully by his brother. Bergen County reported the first call came in shortly after 9 p.m., shortly before the mall was closing for the evening. Approximately 400 people were still inside the mall when police ordered a lock-down of the entire building. Shoop’s body was found in a back area of the mall around 3:20 a.m. According to reports, Shoop had a history of drug abuse. Full article.

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