Early Friday, a New Jersey shootout in the Pathmark shopping plaza left three people dead. Among them there was a 23-year-old former Marine that opened fire in the shopping plaza in the first place.
Authorities and sources told WABC that early Friday morning, at 4 a.m., police officers responded to a call at the New Jersey Pathmark shopping plaza on Route 9. A suspect carrying an AK-47 and an automatic handgun entered the plaza and started shooting. For the moment there is no reason behind the New Jersey shootout that left three people dead.
Police told the media the suspect left the Old Bridge shopping plaza dressed into camouflage clothing. It was just after that when the supermarket’s employees called the police. When they arrived at the shootout site, police found two windows bashed in and three dead people.
Authorities believe the 23-year-old suspect was a current or former employee of the Pathmark supermarket. The shooter killed two young adults, one man and an 18-year-old woman, before killing himself. Apparently he entered the supermarket as employees just gathered to prepare for the 6 a.m. opening.
The rest of the employees gathered outside a TGI Friday’s restaurant where some received trauma treatment.
“This is the worst phone call a mayor can receive” said Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry in a statement early morning for the NewJersey.com. “You can prepare for these things but you can’t prevent them” added Mayor Owen Henry.
The New Jersey shootout is just the latest in a series of mass shootings in the United States. Only last week in Manhattan, police officers killed a man who shot dead a former co-worker. But it’s July’s Colorado movie theater mass killing that is by far the summer’s bloodiest case.
Twelve people were killed and another fifty-eight were wounded. Investigators are still trying to figure out what triggered gunman James Holmes. Recent reports on the Aurora shooting read that James Holmes might have tried to call a psychiatrist before the shooting.
Defense attorneys say the 24-year-old former neuroscience graduate student is suffering from a mental illness and actually tried to get help before the Colorado mass-shooting.