A suspected gunman was found dead inside a popular New Jersey Mall Tuesday morning.
New Jersey Police said the Garden State Plaza Mall became a place of fear Monday night when a gunman opened fire, sending shoppers running.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, police said 20-year-old Richard Shoop fired shots inside the mall around 9:30 p.m. Monday evening.
Everyone inside the mall was quickly evacuated and no injuries were reported. The mall was put on lockdown as police and S.W.A.T. officers went through every store in the mall searching for Shoop.
Witnesses told police Shoop was dressed in black and was wearing what's believed to have been a motorcycle helmet.
Officers said Shoop was found dead inside the mall around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday morning with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police found a gun they believed was an AK-47 that the gunman had stolen from his brother.
Officers said Shoop had a history of drug problems, especially with MDMA, otherwise known as Molly. They did not believe he intended to shoot anyone else.
Police performed a secondary check to make sure everyone was out of the mall.
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