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An official wearing tactical gear walks outside of Garden State Plaza Mall following reports of a shooter, Monday, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Authorities: Suspect in NJ mall shooting is dead

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Officials wearing tactical gear walk outside of Garden State Plaza Mall Monday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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A man and woman leave the Garden State Plaza Mall with officials standing guard behind them. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

– Authorities say a man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lockdown at New Jersey's largest shopping mall has been found dead of a self-inflicted wound.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the body of 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck was found in a back area of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus early Tuesday. He says Shoop killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and that a note has been found.

There were no other injuries.

Police received reports of man who fired multiple shots shortly before the mall's 9:30 p.m. closing time on Monday, sending customers and employees rushing hysterically for the exits and hiding places.

The mall, which has more than 270 stores, is located in Bergen County, about 15 miles northwest of Manhattan.

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