Celebrity rabbi recounts experience at N.J. mall during shooting

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach talked with WTOP Thursday about his experience at the mall. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)

WASHINGTON – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach says he wasn’t shocked when a gunman opened fire at New Jersey’s largest mall, where he was shopping with his wife and three children Monday.

Boteach, known for speaking publicly on relationships and religion, hid in his vehicle with two of his children while a gunman fired shots, trapping his wife and his teenage daughter in Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J. The gunman, identified as 20-year-old Richard Shoop, later killed himself.

“The sad thing was I wasn’t even shocked,” Boteach told WTOP Thursday. “I mean, I knew I was scared, I knew I had to get out, but I wasn’t shocked because there have been so many shootings. It’s almost like I said to myself,

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