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Friends Open Up About Shooter

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Friends of Garden State Plaza shooting suspect Richard Shoop spoke about his behavior days leading up to the incident.

Bonnie Benedict was with him the day before the shooting. “He was picking me up to give me a ride to my house and he seemed very lonely like he wanted to spend some time and like talk. He texted us the night before and said he really needed to talk to us and it was important,” she said.

Benedict confirmed that she had no idea that his intentions were to go on a shooting spree. “He told me that he was thinking about making a run for it, very paranoid that the cops have been watching him and he just seemed like very off,” she said.

A text message sent to Benedict hours before the shooting confirmed that Shoop was in a dark place. “Basically the text message was saying that he felt like he was going to die, get arrested or needed to run away. Then the next text message I got from him was at 6:00pm and it just said sorry,” she said.

Shoop’s other friend Jordan Conahan wishes that he would have been able to do something to help him. “I just didn’t have a chance to talk to him, I wish I did because I might have been able to stop him or even just talk to him, put a little rational decision or tell him the choice he’s making. It kills me to see my best friend depressed like that that he would take his own like,” he said.

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