Shots fired inside New Jersey mall

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PARAMUS, New Jersey (PIX11) – A gunman opened fire at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, just before the popular mall closed, and police are currently on the scene looking for at least one shooter.

According to a police source, the shooting began around 9:20 p.m. near the Nordstrom department store on the second level of the mall.  At least one shot was fired, authorities said. The gunman is believed to be wearing body armor and systematically shooting down security cameras.

Enrique Rodriguez, who was shopping in the Apple Store, said, “I don’t know if he was aiming at cameras, or aiming at lights,” but confirmed he was firing up in the direction of the glass roof of the atrium.  “We heard loud sounds and then we just saw glass falling.”

“He wasn’t shooting the people, he was just walking quite calmly,” said one woman.  “He started shooting really badly and I just started running backwards into the Apple Store.”

She told PIX11 that he was wearing what looked like a motorcycle helmet and had a “very long rifle.”

According to officials, the believe the shooter has left the mall.

More than 200 police officers and SWAT teams from surrounding areas, along with state police, are at the mall, along with Newark emergency service units are there.

One witness, who works in a Swatch store, told PIX11 he saw “a gunman walk in through a California Pizza Kitchen, he was wearing full body armor, a helmet and everything. He walked right past the movers and told them, ‘I’m not going to hurt you and he walked all the way over toward the Nordstrom side and that’s where the gunshots were fired.”

There have not been any reports of injuries.  The Garden State Plaza, which is the largest mall in New Jersey, wasn’t crowded at the time of the shooting as the mall closes at 9:30 p.m.

“We just dropped everything, and other people dropped their stuff and ran out of the store,” said Jackie Gorelick, who was in the Lord & Taylor store when the shooting began.  “It was very scary, I’m just shaken up by it.”

No arrests have been made as of 8:45 p.m. PST.

Read more at PIX 11.

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