Shooting reported at Garden State Plaza mall
An outside view of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus,
where police are responding to reports of a possible shooting.
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on November 04, 2013 at 9:50 PM, updated November 04, 2013 at 10:16 PM
PARAMUS — Police are reportedly responding to reports of a possible shooting at the Garden State Plaza mall in Bergen County tonight.
Shots were fired inside the mall shortly after it closed for the night at about 9:30 p.m., according to a report by CBS-2 in New York.
A representative of the Bergen County Police department told The
Star-Ledger that police are responding to an incident at the Garden
State Plaza mall, but she would not confirm the incident is a shooting.
News 4 New York is reporting that a man dressed in black clothing was armed with a rifle and began firing shots inside the popular mall. The TV station attributed that account to witnesses.
Live video footage on News 12 New Jersey is showing dozens of law
enforcement vehicles surrounding the mall off Route 17 at this hour. A
witness named Robert told News 12 that a police car crashed into a
guardrail outside the mall, near the Nordstrom department store.
"I've had goosebumps, and the hair on my neck is standing up," he told News 12.
Another witness, who identified herself as Margaret, told News 12 she
was inside the mall with her sister in the MAC cosmetics store tonight
when they heard what sounded "like firecrackers that you throw down."
"It was very surreal," said Andre Munoz, another witness interviewed
by News 12. "I couldn't believe it. I was almost in disbelief."
Customers inside the mall were reportedly ordered to drop to the
floor, and lights inside stores were turned off, according to News 12.
The shooter is reportedly on the loose.
The Twitter social networking site has been active tonight with
reports of a shooting at the mall. So far, there have been no reports of
Star-Ledger staff writers Naomi Nix, Amy Kuperinsky, Len Melisurgo and Caryn Shinske contributed to this report.