NJ Store Worker Fatally Shoots 2 Employees, Self at Supermarket

Authorities say the gunman in the New Jersey supermarket shooting fired at six employees, including one outside the store, before killing himself.

Two co-workers died in the hail of bullets.

Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan says gunman Terence Tyler, a former Marine, had only worked at the store since Aug. 20.

Kaplan says Tyler left the store about 3:30 a.m. Friday, drove off and returned about 20 minutes later in desert camouflage clothing.

He says Tyler fired outside at one employee, who ran inside and warned co-workers as Tyler entered.

Tyler then allegedly fired at five employees in one aisle, killing two. He then drew a handgun and shot himself, according to prosecutors.

An uncle of Tyler’s says the 23-year-old was discharged from the Marines two years ago, after suffering from depression that appeared to be related to the death of his mother from cancer several years ago. Standing in the doorway of his apartment Friday afternoon, he told reporters his nephew seemed happy with his new job. "He was a quiet guy, and we don't know anything that would compel him to do this," he said.

Meanwhile, officials say a Friday night vigil is planned for the two New Jersey supermarket workers killed.

School Superintendent Timothy Brennan says police told the Old Bridge school district that the workers killed were 18-year-old Christine LoBrutto and 24-year-old Bryan Breen.

LoBrutto graduated from Old Bridge High School this year and had just begun working the night shift, while making plans to go to college. Breen graduated in 2006.

Brennan said six guidance counselors and two crisis counselors would be on hand.

With the Associated Press