PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a man suspected of firing multiple shots and causing a lockdown at New Jersey's largest shopping mall has been found dead of a self-inflicted wound.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says the body of 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck was found in a back area of the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus early Tuesday. He says Shoop killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and that a note has been found.
There were no other injuries.
Police received reports of man who fired multiple shots shortly before the mall's 9:30 p.m. closing time on Monday, sending customers and employees rushing hysterically for the exits and hiding places.
The mall, which has more than 270 stores, is located in Bergen County, about 15 miles northwest of Manhattan.
Normandy Police, which patrols Cool Valley, report that the suspect ran out of the Schnucks Supermarket on South Florissant Tuesday evening. The man got into the passenger side of a late-model, red, Ford Expedition, which drove away.
Police aren't sure if the woman driving was a getaway driver or a hostage.
A surveillance image of the suspect is posted on our website, KTRS.com. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
The official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing says the body was found at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
Authorities said earlier they believed the man in the cabin was Christopher Dorner. He has been on the run since they say he launched a campaign to exact revenge against the Los Angeles Police Department for his firing.
Officials will be looking for identifying marks such as tattoos before confirming the identity.
Police say Dorner killed four people, including a deputy on Tuesday.