OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (ABC News/AP) — An ex-Marine who had suffered from depression and once tweeted about killing “everyone I see” opened fire in camouflage gear at a New Jersey supermarket, gunning down two co-workers before he killed himself.
The 23-year-old former Marine has been identified as Terence Tyler. He worked at the grocery store for two weeks, according to the town’s mayor.
The suspect left his night clerk shift at 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.
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said the victims were “not specifically targeted; everyone in the store was a target.”
Authorities say Tyler fired more than 16 rounds from his rifle, shooting at an employee standing outside and blowing out the front windows as he entered the store. He shot at five other workers in an aisle, killing 18-year-old Christina LoBrutto and 24-year-old Bryan Breen.
“This is the worst phone call a mayor can receive,” Henry had told NewJersey.com earlier this morning of the information he obtained at about 6:30 a.m. “You can prepare for these things, but you can’t prevent them.”
Several employees were inside the store, which was preparing to open at 6 a.m. The other employees who were in the store at the time of the shooting were not injured, Owen said.
Numerous employees were taken across the street to a T.G.I. Friday’s and many were treated for trauma at waiting ambulances.