TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The brother of a 20-year-old man, who authorities said opened fire at the Garden State Plaza mall before taking his own life, is speaking out for the first time since the shooting.
“My brother intended to harm nobody else but himself,” Kevin Shoop told reporters, including CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell, Tuesday. “He just sadly decided to make an act of self-indulgence by taking his own life publicly, and it’s a tragedy to us all.”
Chaos erupted shortly before 9:30 p.m. Monday when authorities said Richard Shoop of Teaneck fired at least six shots at random, causing a lockdown at the mall and prompting hundreds of law enforcement officers, including SWAT teams and K-9 units, to converge on the mall.
The rifle that Shoop used had been confiscated by police but was later returned, CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported.