Woman Trampled in Garden State Plaza Shooting Files Lawsuit

NY woman claims she suffered a broken elbow in lawsuit against mall, dead gunman's estate and his brother who owned the rifle.

(AP Photo/News 12 New Jersey)
(AP Photo/News 12 New Jersey)

A New York woman who claims she was trampled and suffered a broken elbow amid the chaos in the November shooting at the Garden State Plaza has filed a lawsuit against the mall's owner, the gunman's estate and his brother who owned the weapon.

Alexandra DiMarco, 21, of Tappan, N.Y., claimed in a lawsuit filed in Hackensack Superior Court she was knocked to the floor during a stampede when shots rang out on Nov. 4, according to NorthJersey.com. DiMarco said she broke her elbow and suffered cuts and bruises.

No one was shot when Richard Shoop, 20, of Teaneck, entered the mall dressed in all black and carrying a modified Sig Sauer rifle that appeared like an AK-47. Shoop opened fire, but struck no one.

Shoop remained at-large and was later found in the mall's basement where he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

DiMarco's lawsuit claims mall security was "careless and negligent" because Shoop wasn't stopped when he entered the mall dressed in all black, wearing a motorcycle helmet and carry a rifle, NorthJersey.com reported.

DiMarco's suit names Westfield Garden State Plaza, Shoop's estate and his brother, Kevin, who owned the gun, the article said.
Yoni January 17, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Suing the mall is ridiculous. By all means sue the gunman's estate though I don't know how much of an "estate" a 20-year old has.
LIZ SANTOS January 18, 2014 at 09:54 AM
are we to understand that she expected the mall security people to stop a man on a mission carrying what appeared to be an ak47? doesn't seem to be a reasonable expectation. i'd like more details -- what is she asking for in her suit? is she an opportunist, or is the suit reasonable? any one have details?
Joe Toth January 19, 2014 at 07:40 AM
Clearly an opportunist looking for a quick pay out. Mall security is not posted at all entrances and waiting. I don't think it is reasonable to expect them to have done anything but what they did, notify the Police.
LIZ SANTOS January 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM
the only reasonable think I can think of is that she might not have medical insurance and is suing for the care she required. I sure hope this is handled carefully. if she receives any $$ it has the potential to create an undesired precedent.


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