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NJ Man Charged With Bringing Gun to Garden State Plaza

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A northern New Jersey man faces a criminal charge for allegedly bringing an unlicensed gun to the scene of a mall shooting this week.

Garden State Plaza on Monday night after the shooting
Garden State Plaza on Monday night after the shooting (NBC New York)

Cody Donovan’s attorney says the 22-year-old “just wanted to help out” when he drove to Garden State Plaza on Monday night after reports of a shooter.

The gunman, later identified as Teaneck resident Richard Shoop, fired several shots inside the mall around closing time and later was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No other injuries were reported.

Donovan was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and has been released on $25,000 bond.

Attorney James Patuto says Donovan was honorably discharged this year from the Marines after four years and has been working as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in New Milford.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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