Police: Gunman who opened fire inside NJ mall is dead

NEW JERSEY - Police say the gunman who opened fire inside New Jersey's Garden State Plaza Mall late last night is dead.

Investigators say the body of 20-year-old Richard Shoop was found in the back area of the mall around 3:20 a.m. today.

Officials say he killed himself with the same weapon he used in the mall and a note was left behind.

Police were called to the mall shortly before 9:30 p.m. last night after customers reported seeing and hearing Shoop open fire.

Witnesses say mall security acted fast to get everyone to safety.

Police say Shoop had a history of drug abuse. They believe he came to mall to committ suicide and not actually hurt anyone.

They say he had several chances to shoot at victims, but did not.

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