‘My Night with the New Jersey SWAT Team’

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

As some of you know from Twitter or TV-news watching, my Monday-evening stop at a New Jersey mall this week took an unexpected turn when a man with a gun came into the Nordstrom I was just about to leave. Only 20-year-old Richard Shoop wound up dead, after hours of manhunt, lockdown, and close encounters with the reality is the last thing anyone wants to do in such a situation is turn on cable news — knowing nothing is better than speculation.

I’ll have more on Monday, but here are some thoughts about the oddness of all but having a morning show or two offer to chopper me out of there to tell my story of being locked up in a mall not knowing much of anything for hours! 

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