Paramus, NJ, United States (4E) – A 20-year-old man who fired a rifle inside the Garden State Plaza mall Monday night before shooting himself to death wanted to harm himself or be killed by cops, according to Paramus police.
Police found Richard Shoop of Teaneck dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head in a construction material storage area of New Jersey’s largest mall around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said Snoop went to the mall with the intention of dying. He did not intend to hurt anyone, Molinelli and witnesses said.
Shoop fired a .22-caliber assault-style rifle he stole from his brother around 9 p.m., when the mall was preparing to close. Shoppers were forced to take cover inside retail stores and waited for the cops before getting out from where they hid.
Shoop’s family was devastated upon hearing his death, his brother, Kevin, said, according to NJ1015.com. Snoop’s co-workers at the Paramus pizzeria described him as “very nice.” Pizzeria owner Richard Gega said Snoops was absent from work over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Garden State Plaza was closed Tuesday, its officials said.