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American Dream Mall Shooting Suspect Arrested on Attempted Murder Charge

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A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged in connection to a shooting that temporarily shut down the American Dream Mall in New Jersey earlier in April

New Jersey State Police said that 20-year-old Anwar Stuart shot a man during an attempted robbery inside the East Rutherford megamall during the evening of April 7. A preliminary investigation determined the shooting occurred on the second floor of the mall, state police said previously.

Troopers who arrived at the scene, one man was found with a gunshot wound. The 37-year-old victim was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

The American Dream Mall was placed on lockdown temporarily and led to a significant police response, but was reopened for shoppers on Friday.

Detectives determined that the shooting stemmed from an attempted robbery. Stuart was arrested Monday at his home in Brooklyn by officers from the NJ State Police, NYPD and U.S. Marshalls Service/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Stuart was charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, conspiracy and weapon possession charges. He was held at Rikers Island before being extradited to New Jersey.

An investigation remains ongoing.

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