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Gunman opens fire in New Jersey shopping centre

Police have yet to detain the man responsible for the shooting.

Officials wearing tactical gear walk outside of Garden State Plaza Mall.
Officials wearing tactical gear walk outside of Garden State Plaza Mall.
Image: Julio Cortez/AP/Press Association Images

POLICE IN NEW Jersey are searching for a man who opened fire in a busy shopping centre last night.

Authorities believe the shooter is still in the 2.2-million-square-foot mall. SWAT teams have concentrated the search operation in the northeast corner, near a Nordstrom store.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers converged on the mall after witnesses said multiple shots were fired there at about 9.30pm (local time).

“We are searching for a shooter,” the mayor of the town of Paramus, Richard Labarbiera, told reporters outside the Garden State Plaza Mall.

“Everyone is safe. No one has been injured,” he continued.

imageJulio Cortez/AP/Press Association Images

The mall is about 12 miles from Manhattan and is home to about 300 stores. Thousands of people were evacuated following the reports of gunfire.

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