PARAMUS, N.J. - A 20-year-old man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lockdown at New Jersey's largest shopping mall has been found dead of a self-inflicted wound, authorities said Tuesday.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said the body of Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck was found in a back area of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus. He said Shoop killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and that a note was found.
There were no other injuries.
Paramus Police Kenneth Ehrenberg said Shoop's body was discovered around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday deep within a lower level of the mall that is not a public area. Shoop did not work at the mall, he said, and police are still seeking a motive for the shooting.
Chaos erupted shortly before the mall's 9:30 p.m. closing time on Monday when authorities said a man dressed in black and wearing what is believed to be a motorcycle helmet fired shots. There were no injuries.