OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- A shooting at a New Jersey supermarket early Friday killed three people, and the gunman is believed to be among the dead, a law enforcement official said.
The law enforcement official had been briefed on the shooting and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the shooting took place in a different jurisdiction.
The 23-year-old man left a Pathmark in Old Bridge Township around 3:30 a.m. and returned a half-hour later with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said. The store is about 25 miles south of New York City. It was closed and had been scheduled to open at 6 a.m.
There were 12 to 14 people in the store at the time, Kaplan said. The man fired the rifle at the first workers he saw, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man as other workers hid, he said. At least 16 rounds were fired, some breaking the front windows. He then killed himself, said Kaplan, who did not release the name of the gunman or the victims. The motive is under investigation.
Employees in the store at the time of the shooting congregated later in the morning outside a TGI Friday’s restaurant in the same shopping plaza.
Police at the scene were keeping onlookers well away from the store. A number of vehicles were in the parking lot outside the supermarket, along with police vehicles.
The store and its parking lot were closed Friday. Pathmark officials had no immediate comment on the shooting.
Old Bridge is a bedroom suburb of about 65,000 just across the Raritan Bay from New York City’s Staten Island borough.
New Jersey Transit closed its nearby park-and-ride lot and told riders that they could park in other park-and-ride lots or could ride a different rail line.
Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Trenton, N.J., contributed to this report.