Officials from Westfield Garden State Plaza mall released the following statement following last night’s shooting:

“First and foremost, the safety of Westfield Garden State Plaza shoppers and employees is paramount and always a priority; and we are so very grateful that all our customers and employees are safe.

We are also very thankful for the rapid and comprehensive response of local and regional law enforcement, as well as the outpouring of support from the community.

Per Bergen County authorities, Garden State Plaza will be closed on Tuesday, November 5th. We will continue to advise of the mall operational schedule, as appropriate.

Clearly, yesterday’s event heightens everyone’s state of awareness and concern. Our security precautions reflect that heightened state. Once cleared to reopen, Westfield Garden State Plaza will resume its regular schedule of operations, and will continue to work with law enforcement and public safety officials to keep our shopping center safe.”