Friday, August 31, 2012

Pathmark Shooter Identified: Three Dead

A bridge name. A marked path. Another mass shooting.

Early on Friday, August 31, 2012, a man entered a Pathmark in Old Bridge, New Jersey, Route 9 near the Sayreville border, and began shooting. The shooting happened at about 4 a.m. inside a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, a suburb about 25 miles from New York, Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry told the media. The store was closed at the time and was scheduled to open at 6 a.m.

There are unconfirmed rumors that the shooter had on body armor and that he took hostages. Law enforcement has confirmed that three people have been killed, including the gunman. Workers at the store are saying that the shooter killed himself, and that he was an ex-Marine and a former employee of the store.

The New York Daily News gave this later, finalized update:

A heavily armed ex-Marine in camouflage gear gunned down two co-workers in a New Jersey supermarket rampage before killing himself early Friday, officials said.
The disgruntled worker returned to the Pathmark store around 4 a.m. and began blasting away with an AK-47 assault rifle at the skeleton staff, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.
The irate employee squeezed off 16 shots from the rifle, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man — both of Old Bridge, said Kaplan.
He was carrying extra magazines of ammunition and a handgun when the unprovoked killings began, Kaplan said. The shooter worked the midnight shift stocking shelves in the store on Route 9, according to another employee.
The shooter and his two victims were all at work when the gunman left the building around 3:30 a.m., returning about 30 minutes later with murderous intent.
"The victims are Cristina LoBrutto, 18, and Bryan Breen, 24, both of Old Bridge," killed by an ex-Marine 23-year-old, reported the Asbury Park Press.

Ex-Marine Terence S. Tyler has been identified by Old Bridge Police as the gunman at an Old Bridge supermarket with Marine service records showing he was a rifleman. The 23 year old Tyler had worked at the Pathmark for about 2 weeks on the overnight shift with his two victims according to WABC TV.


Johnny Drongo said...

Minor compsred with the recent horros, but check out the shooting at a Staten Island bowling alley.

Anonymous said...

interesting that he worked the night shift. Maybe sleep deprivation/disrupted curcadian rhythms threw his psyche off balance. That and/or having normal social life due to nightshift work.