Reports claim that a shooter dressed in full body armor has fired shots inside the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. The gunman started firing around 9:20 p.m., which is shortly before the mall was scheduled to close.
At least eight shots were reportedly fired in the vicinity of the Nordstrom department store that is located on the second level. The shooter has displayed a methodical approach through this ordeal, and has been firing shots at security cameras during his rampage.
now there's a shooting at the garden state mall in new jersey? we live in such a scary place. this is horrible.
— Sara Scholl (@_sarascholl) November 5, 2013
The world is going mad! Another shooting at the Garden State Plaza Mall just happened around 9:20! We really need to get it together!
— Tara Saunders (@Tough_LoveO_o) November 5, 2013
There are no reports at this time indicating that shoppers near Nordstrom had any warning before shots starting firing; however, other witnesses saw the suspicious person enter the mall. According to PIX11, one witness who works at the Swatch store relayed that he had seen, “a gunman walk in through a California Pizza Kitchen, he was wearing full body armor, a helmet and everything; he walked right past the movers and told them, like ‘I’m not going to hurt you’ and he walked all the way over toward the Nordstrom side and that’s where the gunshots were fired.”
Local police are presently searching for the shooter who is said to have been clothed in completely black attire. Many other security forces have joined to search for the perpetrator including: state police, SWAT teams, and Newark emergency service units.
The person responsible for the shooting has not been apprehended at this time. Fortunately, there are presently no reports of fatalities.
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