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Release* † ††††††Date:††††††††† August
31, 2012 †††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
†††††††††††††††††† ††† †Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* † ††††††Date:††††††††† August 31, 2012
Supermarket employee shoots, kills two co-workers, self
Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief William Volkert of the Old Bridge Police Department announced that a 23-year-old supermarket employee shot and killed two co-workers this morning before killing himself.
Terence Tyler (DOB 7/28/89) of Old Bridge was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting, a Pathmark supermarket located on Route 9 in Old Bridge.
A preliminary investigation by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and the Old Bridge Police Department determined that Tyler, who had been employed at the Pathmark since August 20, 2012, was working in the store at about 3:30 a.m. when he went to his vehicle and drove away.
He returned about 20 minutes later, dressed in desert camouflage clothing and brandished a weapon similar to an AK-47 assault rifle.
Twelve other employees who were working the overnight shift in preparation for the morning opening, ran for cover.
Tyler, who fired at least 16 shots from the rifle, then drew a handgun and shot himself.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Special Operations Response Team (SORT) arrived and made entry into the store and safely removed other employees.
The SORT members found the gunman and the two co-workers, who later were pronounced dead at the scene.† The rifle, several ammunition magazines and a 45 caliber handgun were also recovered from the scene.
The results of autopsies by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner's Office were not immediately available.
The motive for the attack remains under investigation.
Prosecutor Kaplan commended the quick response by
investigation into the shooting is continuing. Anyone with information is asked
to call Investigator