PARAMUS - Police have released some of the recordings of the 911 calls made from the Garden State Plaza mall on the night a young man fired multiple shots inside and then killed himself.
Terrified employees and shoppers called for help from inside the mall, while the shooter, Richard Shoop, was on the loose. Most hid inside stores and bathrooms while waiting for police to rescue them. No one was hurt in the incident.
Courtney Coleman called 911 as she hid inside the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf store. "I work here. I'm inside the store. I'm in the office with the door locked. I'm by myself but I'm scared and I want to get out of the mall," she told the dispatcher.
It took authorities several hours to clear the mall and ensure that everyone had evacuated.
Shoop's body was discovered at around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in an area of the mall not accessible to the public.
Additionally, Bergen County police have arrested a New Milford man who they say was found unlawfully in possession of a weapon outside the mall Monday night.
According to a report in the Bergen Record, Cody J. Donovan, a former Marine police officer, went to the mall intending to offer his assistance during the situation.
Donovan was apparently wearing clothing similar to the shooter, which aroused the suspicion of a Bergen County police detective. He was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
For more on 911 calls from the Garden State Plaza, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.