ABC News reported that police responded to shots fired inside the Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, just before 4 a.m. this morning. There was a confrontation with the alleged gunman, but there’s been no word on his motive.
Several employees were inside the store, which was preparing to open at 6 a.m. Two windows near the entrance to the Pathmark have been shot out, but the situation is now under control. We will update this story as we hear more.
Update: The shooter was reportedly an ex-Marine who had worked at the Pathmark for about two weeks, reported mycentraljersey.com. He left the store this morning, and then returned a short time later, dressed in camouflage and armed with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol, Old Bridge mayor Owen Henry said. The shooter’s fatal wound was self-inflicted, he also said.
The two victims, a young male and female, were also Pathmark employees and residents of Old Bridge.
11:10 a.m.: A Pathmark spokesperson issued this statement:
“We are terribly saddened by the incident at our Old Bridge Pathmark store this morning. We express our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and our appreciation to local law enforcement. Our main concern is the safety of our associates and customers. We continue to work with local authorities during the investigation. At this time, we cannot comment on the ongoing police investigation regarding the incident.”
11:30 a.m.: The shooter has been identified as 23-year-old Terence Tyler, a resident of Old Bridge. All three of the dead, which include Tyler, an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, were working the overnight shift. Another employee who worked there told nj.com that the shooter had given her “an uneasy vibe.”