Police said a “single male” entered Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus at 9:19 p.m. and fired several shots.
Some customers and mall employees were evacuated as police and SWAT teams descended on the area.
A gunman, dressed head-to-toe in black and wearing a black helmet, fired shots in New Jersey's Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus just before closing time Monday night, witnesses and authorities said.
None of the witness reported seeing anyone hit by the gunfire, and Jim Tedesco, the deputy coordinator of the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, confirmed late Monday night that no injuries had been reported.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene that unfolded as the sound of gunshots rang out inside the mall just before it was due to close at 9:30 p.m. Authorities ordered shoppers and employees to huddle behind locked doors in the mall’s stores. Many were escorted to safety, but many more — perhaps thousands — remained inside the mall under lockdown orders after midnight, authorities said.
The incident drew hundreds of police officers from across...
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