Three people are dead, including the gunman, in what authorities believe may have been a workplace-related shooting in a New Jersey supermarket Friday morning, sources familiar with the investigation tell NBC 4 New York.
One of the victims was an 18-year-old woman, a law enforcement official said. The gunman was 23. Both worked at the supermarket, the mayor of Old Bridge said. Details about the other victim were unknown.
The gunman, who law enforcement sources said was 23, was a former Marine and an Old Bridge resident, said Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry. He had worked at the store for around two weeks, Henry said.
Sources familiar with the investigation said the suspect got into an argument with co-workers at the store Friday morning, then went out to his car and returned a short time later, dressed in camouflage and carrying weapons.
Authorities were called to the Pathmark on Route 9 in Old Bridge at about 4 a.m. The store was closed at the time of the shooting. It had been scheduled to open at 6 a.m.
Chopper 4 captured video of heavily armed police on the ground outside the supermarket. Two front windows of the store were broken out and two police cars were pulled up near the entrance.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the broken windows, nor was it clear if any non-emergency personnel were still inside the store.
Employees who were in the store at the time of the shooting congregated later in the morning outside a TGI Friday’s restaurant in the shopping center, where SWAT teams had set up a command post.
Law enforcement officials say FBI and ATF agents are at the scene to assist, but they believe the shooting to be an isolated, contained incident and say local authorities will lead the investigation.
Pathmark officials had no immediate comment on the shooting.
Police at the scene were keeping onlookers well away from the store. The store and its parking lot were closed Friday.
NJ Transit’s Old Bridge Park 7 Ride is closed as the investigation continues. Buses will provide service.
Source: NBC News