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Police respond to 'active shooter' at NJ mall

Police responded to the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, Monday night after witnesses reported a gunman inside.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

Police responded to the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, Monday night after witnesses reported a gunman inside.

 

Police responded to the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, New Jersey Monday night after witnesses reported a man firing shots inside. Paramus Mayor Richard Labarbiera said that there were no reported injuries and that they believe only one shot was fired.

The events started sometime after 9 P.M. ET and police described the scene as an “active shooter” situation. Multiple witnesses told NBC 4’s Ida Siegal that they saw a sole gunman wearing black clothing, a black helmet, and carrying a large firearm.

The mall went into lockdown as police went store to store to search for the suspected gunman. Crowds started gathering outside the mall to wait for their loved ones to come outside.

Watch Siegal's live report on the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell in the video player above. John Boxley contributed to this report.