Garden State Plaza mall reopens with extra security after shooting

The Garden State Plaza mall is once again open for business following a shooting there Monday night. Workers say they were checked in by mall

Private security guards and eight additional Paramus police officers are now patrolling the mall.

Private security guards and eight additional Paramus police officers are now patrolling the mall. (11/6/13)

PARAMUS - The Garden State Plaza mall is once again open for business following a shooting there Monday night.

Workers say they were checked in by mall security and given ID tags with their name and store. Private security guards and eight additional Paramus police officers are now patrolling the mall.

Mall employee Laura Labadia says the process was nerve-wracking, but that she feels safe.

While the mall was closed, employees cleaned up some of the shooting's aftermath, including broken doors and windows left by police searching for the gunman.

Shoppers returned when the mall reopened just after 10 a.m. and tell News 12 New Jersey they feel secure.

The Paramus mall was closed after 20-year-old Richard Shoop entered the mall, fired off several shots inside and then took his own life. The mall remained shuttered Tuesday as investigators did a thorough search of the property.

More than 200 people held a vigil for Shoop Tuesday night.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says Shoop, of Teaneck, killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and didn't intend to harm anyone else.

No other injuries were reported.
 

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