NJ Man Charged With Showing Up at Mall With Gun

His lawyer claims his client "wanted to help out" after he heard reports about a shooter in the mall.

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    Raw footage from the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J., where a gunman opened fire Monday night. (Published Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013)

    A northern New Jersey man apparently intent on helping first responders at a mall shooting this week has been charged with unlawful possession of a gun.

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

    It's not known when he will next appear in court.

     


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