New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead

Gunman who fired off rounds at a shopping mall in northern New Jersey apparently shot himself

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Bergen County Prosecutor

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli released a photo of suspected Garden State Plaza shooter Richard Shoop. The image had been posted on a talent agency's website.

The gunman who opened fire at a mall in northern New Jersey Monday night was found dead early Tuesday morning.

Richard Shoop, 20, who fired off at least a half dozen bullets into the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall on Monday night, was found dead just after 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Bergen County, N.J. prosecutor John Molinelli told CNN that it appears Shoop shot himself. Molinelli also said that Shoop had a history of drug abuse.

The chaos started just before 9:30 p.m. at New Jersey’s largest shopping mall, when police say Shoop walked into the mall dressed in all black and wearing a motorcycle helmet. According to witnesses, Shoop worked his way through the mall, shooting security cameras and firing off about half a dozen shots in all.

The mall was put on lockdown as shoppers and workers scrambled for exits. Shoop then headed to an area of the mall that’s difficult to access and shot himself. No one was injured in the shooting.

[CNN]

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marthajjohnson3
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SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

If we see more mall gun violence during the holiday selling period Wayne LaPierre better sleep with one eye open. The Chamber of Commerce put a contract out on him.

tsvskibum
tsvskibum

Too many guns in the hands of too many people with serious mental health issues. I like guns, I have lots (they were my Dad's) and I won't give them up--that's for you NRA types.  

That said, the equation needs to change: the balance of no regulation whatsoever versus allowing any nut job to have a gun is not balance. It used to be the National Rifle Association was about responsible gun ownership and education.  Now they are about stopping any regulation of guns no matter the cost to society.  We regulate cars, and liquor if only a little,  why not some sane regulations on guns? No, not to abridge the right of gun ownership, just to keep guns out the hands of those who shouldn't have them.  Oh, I forgot the 2nd Ammendment.  What about my right as stated in the Declaration of Independence toLIFE, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (I think this is an inalienable right), which I can't do if I'm dead from a bullet from a mall shooter or a drive by shooting or some guy who takes weapon meant for war to an elementary school.   

I should not have to take active shooter training at work!  BTW if an active shooter tries to shoot me a work, I'm going to break my office chair on his head!

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

No one want to admit the obvious. There is a problem with our young males. Everyone wants to sweep that under the rug. Young males more than anything need a sense of belonging. Sports and military are not the answers. I believe what helps young males is martial arts. It builds bonds among other young males and develops discipline and respect. Society has to stop making important male characteristics such as masculinity a joke. 

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

When a young man reaches an age when he realizes his dream is unobtainable, sometimes he snaps. 

11B_INF_Retired
11B_INF_Retired

@SmoothEdward1 

Explain to me why this tragic event is Wayne LaPierre fault and not the suicidal dirtbag?  I love how you anti-gun advocates blame guns or the NRA and NOT the dirtbag that commits the violent crime.

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

that explains it.....I was afraid he was worried Christie might lose and someone might take his guns away  (that was humor you Nra guys)

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

Ok, how many young males are killing lots of people with knives, forks, shovels, clubs......the easy availability of guns is a major problem.  In the not too distant future we will have TSA guys at the doors to movie theaters, malls, schools, large work places etc.  Then not too far from then we will have them setting up roadblocks.  I'm not sure HOW this future is so different than the one the NRA despises of "gun regulation".  Would it be better to have gun regulation or TSA people all over the place checking you out?

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

@11B_INF_Retired @SmoothEdward1 Because people like Wayne LaPierre continue to insist the easily availability of guns has nothing to do with the tremendous number of gun violence incidents. He, and the NRA have elevated this gun argument to the level of Constitutional crisis and that your personal liberty is under attack. That's exactly what attracts the deranged to the romanticized notion of using guns. There may indeed be a deeper problem, but the fact is people with these mental problems like to seek out guns to strike back at some perceived wrong, because of the lethality of guns. They know a gun will do the most damage. So, what is our path forward, to do nothing about easy access to guns while we're are figuring out the bigger problem? That may be a seemingly reasonable argument in the abstract, but it inadequate for those who lose loved ones in the meantime. If this was any issue other than guns we wouldn't even think twice about making them much harder to get. We have historically placed certain limits on Constitutional guarantees to protect public safety, and they revisited and revised from time to time as society changes. I see no reason why guns should be any different.


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