Police: Car fire may have led to mall evacuation

  • Associated Press
  • May 10, 2014 - 10:00 PM

PARAMUS, N.J. — Authorities believe a car fire may have led to reports of gunshots at the same New Jersey mall where a man killed himself last year.

The Garden State Plaza was evacuated Saturday night following reports of gunfire.

But New Jersey State Police Capt. Stephen Jones says investigators have found no evidence that any shots were fired. Police are going through the building to rule out any threat.

Twenty-six-year-old Wyckoff resident Brittany Berdy says she saw the burning car outside the mall while at dinner. She went outside and heard the tires explode, a sound she likened to gunshots. The evacuation started shortly after.

In November, a 20-year-old Teaneck man fired shots inside the mall, terrifying shoppers and employees before killing himself.

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