Late last night, police ordered a massive evacuation in response to a possible shooting at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey.
Not long after closing, workers and shoppers heard multiple gun shots fired inside the mall. Police officers responded to the scene, with law enforcement vehicles surrounding the mall off Route 17.
Police believe that the gunman may have remained inside the mall immediately after the shooting. As a result, the mall was in lockdown. Thousands of people still remained inside the mall as of 11:30 p.m. However, it appeared that the gunman was no longer inside the mall.
So far, there have been no reports of injuries.
According to witnesses, the gunman was a male dressed in all-black clothing and wearing a black motorcycle helmet. One witness said that the gunman was carrying a long shotgun.
In New Jersey, unlawful possession of a shotgun is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(c). If the gunman is apprehended, he could face a charge of third degree unlawful possession of a shotgun, among other charges.
For more information on this developing story, see the NJ.com article entitled “Shooting Reported at Garden State Plaza Mall.”