NJ Pathmark Shooter may be ex-Marine and recent Afghanistan Vet
Conflicting details are emerging as to a man who opened fire at an Old Bridge Pathmark supermarket at which he is said to have been employed for just two weeks. No names have been released, while one victim was an 18 year-old female. Some reports ID the shooter as Army, but most established media reports claim he was a 23 year-old ex-Marine who had served in Afghanistan.
The man suspected of killing two people early this morning at an Old Bridge, N.J., grocery store before shooting himself to death is a 23-year-old former Marine who worked at the grocery store for two weeks, according to the town’s mayor.
The suspect left the Old Bridge shopping plaza at about 4 a.m. and returned to a Pathmark grocery store, having changed into camouflage clothing, armed with an AK-47 and an automatic handgun, Mayor Owen Henry said today.
A Manalapan Patch page has the most extensive report, including with interviews. But it’s unclear how accurate are all the details. Tragic and developing, as they say….
A 23-year-old man, described by neighbors as a recent veteran of the Afghanistan war, shot and killed two co-workers at the Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge early Friday morning, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.
Kaplan, who did not release the names of the alleged gunman or his two victims, said that all three were working an overnight shift at the store, when the suspect left at about 3:30 a.m. Shortly thereafter, at about 4 a.m., he returned and “entered the store, firing,” Kaplan said, but apparently not targeting anyone in particular.
“Two of the employees were shot and killed,” Kaplan said. “The others were able to hide and escape.” He said that 12 to 14 employees were in the store at the time of the shooting.
The two victims were described by Kaplan as an 18-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, both residents of Old Bridge.