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November 5th, 2013
06:31 AM ET

NJ Mall Gunman 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. in a back area of the mall, CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli confirms that Garden State Plaza Mall suspect, Richard Shoop, of Teaneck, New Jersey, is dead.

The shooting sent panic through the shopping center shortly before closing time and set off a frenzied hunt for the gunman. In the early hours of the search, officials weren't sure whether the shooter was still inside or outside the 2-million-square-foot building.

The melee started around 9:20 p.m. ET. Witnesses said the shooter appeared calm as he worked his way through the mall with a rifle. The gunman apparently fired shots at security cameras, state police said.

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