Richard Shoop should be considered potentially armed and dangerous.  If you contact him in any way, call 911.  Do not approach him or attempt to apprehend him yourself.

Richard Shoop in undated photograph from a modeling website profile he setup.


Police have preliminarily identified a suspect in the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall shooting, The Star-Ledger has learned.

Two senior law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Richard Shoop. The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity shortly after midnight, said Shoop was 20 years old and lives in Teaneck.

The sources also said law enforcement agencies believed Shoop may still be in the vicinity of the mall this morning, and possibly still on the mall campus. Shoop, according to the sources, is employed at a restaurant in Teaneck.

According to police scanner, discarded clothes of the shooter were found at the mall.



A swarm of law enforcement officers, including New Jersey State Police, raided a house in Teaneck shortly before 1 a.m. today, The Star-Ledger has learned.

Photographer Andrew Mills was on the scene and saw law enforcement officials enter a house at Emerson Ave. in Teaneck at about 12:50 this morning. The address matches that of Richard Shoop, who earlier this morning was identified by two senior law enforcement officials as the preliminary suspect in the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall shooting late Monday night.

A mix of officers in tactical uniforms and plain clothes — all with guns drawn — moved through the neighborhood and knocked on the door.

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He apparently didn’t intend to shoot anyone. According to police, he stole a legally owned .22 caliber rifle from his brother; it was “modified to look like an AK47”.

PARAMUS, N.J. (PIX11) — The suspect in the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall shooting is dead, having killed himself in a remote area of the mall. The suspect, Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, N.J., acted alone and apparently never intended to hurt anybody else, authorities said.

His body was discovered by SWAT teams at 3:20 a.m. with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He used a rifle that authorities say he stole from his brother. He had a history of drug abuse, including MDMA or Molly, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said at a news conference.

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