Witnesses say a gunman opened fire at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey, on Monday night right before it closed around 9:30. Around an hour later, officials confirmed police were responding to an "active shooter," who, according to police scanner descriptions, is a man wearing full body armor, a helmet, and armed with an assault rifle. Customers inside the mall reported what sounded like fire crackers and say they were ordered to drop to the ground as lights inside the stores were switched off and the mall was put under lockdown. Mayor Rich LaBarbiera spoke out following the incident stating, "everyone is safe. No one has been injured."
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