Shots were reportedly fired at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, N.J. on Nov. 4. at around 9:20 p.m. EST, shortly before it was set to close. Stores were put on lockdown and there have been no injuries reported so far.
So scary! Local police received several 9-1-1 calls from the massive mall after a reported shooting near the Nordstrom store on the second level of the building. Read on for more details.
New Jersey Mall Shooting — Stores On Lockdown After Shots Reportedly Fired
Police and SWAT teams from nearby areas, as well as state police, responded after at least eight shots were fired at the Garden State Plaza, the largest mall in New Jersey, according to PIX11. While officials haven’t confirmed any details of the reported shooting, there are several Twitter accounts of a gunman firing shots in the mall, according to myfoxny.com.
The parking lot was filled with police cars, and video from SkyFoxHD shows people running out of the mall. Police scanner traffic reported a male wearing body armor and carrying a rifle inside the mall. A SWAT team conducted a sweep of the shopping center but could not find the gunman, according to Jeanne Baratta, a spokesperson for Bergen County. The mall has been evacuated and there are currently no reports of injuries, nj.com reports.
Witnesses Explain Scary New Jersey Mall Shooting
An employee at Joe’s American Restaurant, Eduardo Bermudez, says he heard shots rang out and saw people running from the restaurant. He says mall security told the staff to lock all doors.
Another eyewitness who had just been to the movie theater in the mall tells Fox 5 News that she heard at least four shots coming from the area of the Apple store.
“It was very surreal,” says Andre Munoz, another eyewitness, who was interviewed by News 12. “I couldn’t believe it. I was almost in disbelief.”
Check back for more details on this developing story.