Developing: Frum People in Garden State Plaza Mall During Shooting


garden-state-plaza-mall1[Updates below.] There was a shooting a short while ago at the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, NJ. Several frum people were in the mall at the time. One witness related to that his relative went hiding in the mall when the shots were heard.

An eyewitness told that they heard two shots, and a security guard rushed them into Neiman Marcus, where they remained in lockdown.

Stores were on lockdown at the Garden State Plaza after at least one gunman opened fire.

garden-state-plaza-mall-1According to a police source, the shooting began near the Nordstrom’s department store on the second level of the mall. At least eight shots were fired. Police and SWAT teams from surrounding areas were en route to the scene. Many of the stores inside the mall are on lockdown.

Update, 10:18 p.m.: Another eyewitness who saw the shooter, spoke with and is currently in a police vehicle being questioned by detectives. The mall remains on lockdown.

Update, 10:41 p.m.: The shots were fired sometime before the mall closed for the night at 9:30 p.m. A male wearing body armor and a rifle was spotted in the mall.

One employee told 1010 WINS she was locked in the basement of the mall.

According to media reports, an estimated 200 police officers are at the scene.

Update, 11:19 p.m.: The gunman remains at large. Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera confirmed one shot from a long-armed rifle, although witnesses reported hearing more shots. He said everyone was safe and there were no reports of injuries as of 11 p.m.

There has been no injuries and no victims.


Update, 11:38 p.m.: Click here for a report from Channel 7.

Agencies from all over New Jersey continue going through the mall and sweeping the area. The mall is on lockdown and crews were passing through in an attempt to evacuate the mall in a safe and orderly way.

Upon being notified of the shooting, employees huddled in restrooms, in the backs of offices, and in stores. They were just coming out at 11 p.m., after SWAT teams and other police officers walked through area by area.

Several sales associates said they looked the gunman in the eyes as he passed the J. Crew and Talbots stores.

“I saw him walk past our door, and he paused for a second and just looked inside the store, and he fired two more,” one woman told 1010 WINS. “He was all dressed in black from head to two with a helmet – I would say with a motorcycle helmet. I just froze. I didn’t want to run, because he might


maybe come after me. I just stood there.”

Update, 11:58 p.m: The shooter is believed to have left the mall and is still at large.

An employee described the gunman as a white male possibly in his late 20s, wearing a leather jacket, a motorcycle helmet with the visor up, motorcycle boots, and black jeans.

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  1. The headline ” frum people ” implies that your only concern is frum people. Its very narrowminded and pathetic of you guys to slant your bias that way. Its so blatant.

  2. YOU are not safe from anyone anymore, & that includes anywhere.

    The only way to stay safe is to turn your trust straight to Hashem & depend ONLY on Hashem (& not on Obama or any other rabbe etc…) as we say everyday in bentching or in tehillim chapter 34, for one that seeks out hashem, lacks nothing…

    Stop depending on others (be it your shver, friend, rebbe or anyone else) & depend only on Hashem. for self-help make for yourself a learning seder on Chovos Halevovos. the reward is unlimited & unimaginable, the peace & happiness you will get once you depend only on Hashem alone….

    This is my secret to why I am so fortunate to be so happy & can’t stop thanking Hashem for everything Hashem gives me & never stops giving us….

    Hatzlacha Rabba & may everyone walk out safe

  3. To Eli,
    Do you think it is narrow-minded to care about your family? If your mother was in that mall would you think it narrow-minded to worry “ONLY” about her?

    I think you understand.

  4. #3, this is not a case of worrying but publishing a certain fact as if it is the only fct that counts. I also find your implication that “non-frum” Jews are not family disgusting. Maybe you should go even further and publish the fact that members of your particular group were there or not as if it is all that counts.

  5. Eli…this is a frum website…and yes…I worry about my own FIRST…And that does not mean we don’t care about others…If anyone cares about others, it US people…!!You don’t have to be so politically correct and always worry about what others will say…
    There is no bias in trying to protect your own.

  6. Grow up. Who cares if there was “frum” people there? There are Frum people everywhere! There were Frum people in the Twin Towers also.