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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: September 15, 2012
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
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Details in Pathmark shooting emerge as investigation continues
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced today that additional details have been confirmed in the continuing investigation into the fatal shooting of two Pathmark employees killed by another employee, who then committed suicide on August 31, 2012.
The decision to release additional details of the shooting came after weighing the legitimate public interest against the privacy rights of the families of the two victims who were shot and killed by Terence Tyler, 23, of Old Bridge.
While the investigation is continuing, the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office has developed and confirmed the following:
had been stationed in
June 2010 and November 2011,
Tyler obtained a job on the midnight to 8 a.m. shift at the Pathmark supermarket on August, 20, 2012, and reported, as usual, for work on August 31, 2012.
3:30 a.m., with no discussion or known conflict with any of 12 other employees
working the overnight shift,
investigation revealed that he drove to his home in
investigation has shown that
first 911 call at 4:04 a.m. alerted police in
Through visual observations made from the front and rear of the store, police were able to determine that there were three people, motionless and showing no other signs of life, in the store. These individuals later were identified as Tyler and his victims, Cristina LoBrutto, 18, and Bryan Breen, 24.
The Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office concluded that Mr. Breen died instantaneously, and that Ms. LoBrutto died seconds after being shot. Each died from a single gunshot wound, the medical examinerís office reported.
In addition to making visual observations of the victims, police cordoned off the area, assisted employees fleeing from the store and questioned potential witnesses in an effort to determine the number and identities of people remaining in the store.
Police also sought information on the number of gunmen and their location in the store, as well as whether anyone was injured or held hostage.
Additionally, police worked to sort out numerous and conflicting reports.
The incident ended when members of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Special Operations Response Team, or SORT unit, were contacted and at 5:45 a.m. were ordered into the store.
They found all three individuals dead. Two employees, who were unable to flee and hid in the store, were found, unharmed.
investigation determined that
further showed that
discovered the shotgun during a search of