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NJ mall where shooting occurred reopens Wednesday



PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s largest shopping mall will reopen Wednesday, about 36 hours after it was closed when a man fired multiple shots inside the mall and then killed himself.

The Garden State Plaza in Paramus was closed after the shooting occurred late Monday night, and remained shuttered Tuesday as investigators did a thorough search of the property.

Retailers and their employees will be allowed in the mall at 6 a.m. Wednesday, but customers won’t be able to get in until 10 a.m.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck was found dead Monday night in a back area of the mall. He said Shoop killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and that a suicide note was found.

No other injuries were reported.