Supermarket worker shoots two co-workers and himself dead


An employee at a suburban New Jersey supermarket opened fire in the store in the pre-dawn hours yesterday, killing two co-workers and then taking his own life, a prosecutor said.

The 23-year-old shooter, identified as Terence S Tyler by a police source, was on a night shift at the Pathmark grocery. He left the store about 3.30am local time and returned with an AK-47 automatic rifle and a handgun, Middlesex county prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said at a news conference.

Shots were heard inside the supermarket in Old Bridge, about 35 miles (56km) from New York city, just as employees were preparing to open the store for business.

The two victims, an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, were Pathmark employees and were among a dozen workers in the store at the time. They were shot in separate areas of the store, Mr Kaplan said.

The incident comes just one week after an unemployed New York city man shot and killed a former co-worker near the Empire State Building before being shot dead by police.

– (Reuters)