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Alleged N.J. Mall Shooter Found Dead, Probe Continues

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The man believed to have opened fire Monday night at a New Jersey mall has been found dead following an intense manhunt.

SWAT teams found the body of 20-year-old Teaneck resident Richard Shoop in a construction zone while sweeping the Garden State Plaza Mall early Tuesday morning.

Authorities say he shot himself in the head.

Shoop was armed with a modified rifle stolen from his brother.

Police say Shoop walked into the mall in Paramus around 9:30 p.m. and fired more than a dozen shots.

The mall was put on lockdown for several hours.

Authorities say they are still looking for a motive.

"I'm comfortable in saying what Mr. Shoop did tonight is not necessarily connected to his family. I mean this is something that he chose to do. He's someone that does have a drug history, has used drugs, but what possessed him to do tonight what he did no one can say," said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

Shoop was armed with six rounds and one shell casing was found.

No injuries were reported.

Garden State Plaza will be closed today as police continue their investigation.

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