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.

Friday, Nov 8, 2013  |  Updated 7:41 AM EDT
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Raw footage from the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J., where a gunman opened fire Monday night.

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Raw footage from the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J., where a gunman opened fire Monday night.

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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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