Friends Of Richard Shoop Hold Candlelight Vigil
NEW JERSEY 101.5
Friends of Garden State Plaza gunman Richard Shoop held a candlelight vigil in memory of the troubled 20-year-old in Teaneck as the shopping mall reopens for business today.
Around 200 people came to remember Shoop according to Fox News, placing candles around a poster with pictures of him and the words “Rich We Love You.”
The Garden State Plaza in Paramus was closed all day Tuesday after the shooting late Monday night, and remained shuttered Tuesday as investigators did a thorough search of the property.
“It’s a good thing whenever we can return to normalcy. I walked the mall (Tuesday) morning and had seen the impact and damage. It was minimal,” Paramus mayor Rich LaBarbiera told the Patch of Paramus. “If anything there was more damage from the forced entries to stores where people were hiding and refusing to open the gates. I’m sure that Westfield (the owners of the mall) will make sure that everything is fixed and I’m certain that together with our police department they will ensure the safety of mall visitors.”
Westfield warned that there may be repairs still going on as the mall reopens.
Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says Shoop of Teaneck killed himself with the same weapon he used at the mall and had left a note with his family suggesting he would harm himself.
No other injuries were reported.