November 5th, 2013
01:08 PM ET

Witness Hid In Bathroom To Wait Out Shooting

Leo Acevedo was at a New Jersey mall Monday when a gunman fired shots inside.

Richard Shoop's body was found at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in an obscure part of Westfield Garden State Plaza mall, hours after he fired at least six bullets without striking anyone in the massive shopping center.

No one else was injured in the mall shooting.

He acted alone, authorities say.

Acevedo, who works at a kiosk inside the mall, tells CNN's Chris Cuomo  he first thought with all the commotion there was a fire.

He says he noticed shots that were about 15 – 20 seconds apart, and shifted his body.

Acevedo says,  "I realized there was actually a gunman on the second floor and I ran into a store to try to get to the safest place possible."

The man says the suspect was wearing a helmet and carrying a rifle but he didn't seem angry or enraged at anyone. Though he was moving quickly, he was not pointing the gun at anyone in particular, says the witness.

Acevedo hid in the nearest store's bathroom with another employee until the phone rang and he was told the SWAT team was there.


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