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Gunman Kills Two in New Jersey Supermarket

23-year-old gunman kills two co-workers at a supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey, then shoots himself to death.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/31/2012, 11:15 PM

Site of shooting at Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey
Site of shooting at Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey
Reuters

A 23-year-old gunman killed two co-workers at a Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey early Friday morning. He then shot himself to death.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan told CNN the shooter wielded an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun, and was carrying multiple ammunition magazines.

"I believe everyone in the store was a target," said Kaplan, who noted that the gunman fired 16 rounds during his attack.

The gunman killed an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, and may have opened fire just before he walked into the store, Kaplan told CNN, citing broken glass in front.

There were between 12 and 14 night shift workers in the store, he said. The man opened fire around 4 a.m.

Aerial footage shown on television showed at least three police cruisers in front of the supermarket, while several people gathered outside an adjacent restaurant.

"We are terribly saddened by the incident at our Old Bridge Pathmark store this morning," The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. said in a statement quoted by CNN. "We express our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and our appreciation to local law enforcement."

Friday’s incident comes just one week after a gunman killed one person outside the Empire State Building.

The shooter was then killed by police. Investigators identified him as Jeffrey Johnson, 56, who was laid off last year and apparently killed a former co-worker.

There have been several shooting incidents in the United States this past summer. On August 13, multiple people, including law enforcement officers, were shot when a gunman opened fire near Texas A&M University in College Station.

In late July, James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

In early August a gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. The murderer, Wade Michael Page, was reportedly a U.S. army vet who was in a racist white supremacist band.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)