Aug 31, 2012 7:44 PM by Alyse Rzemek
OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey prosecutor says it doesn't appear that the two co-workers who were shot and killed by an employee at a supermarket today were "specifically targeted."
Instead, the prosecutor says "everybody in the store" was a target when the man, wearing military clothing, opened fire on more than a dozen fellow employees, killing the two before taking his own life.
According to the prosecutor, the employee -- an ex-Marine -- left his shift at a Pathmark store around 3:30 a.m., and returned a half-hour later to the closed store with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle. About 12 to 14 workers were still there.
He says the man fired at least 16 rounds from the rifle at the first workers he saw, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man as other workers hid.
Authorities aren't publicly identifying the gunman. But a law enforcement official who was briefed on the investigation identified him as Terence Tyler, who was discharged from the Marines two years ago.
A Marine spokeswoman says Tyler was an infantryman who never served overseas.
A Facebook page for a Terence Tyler who says he served in the Marines on the exact dates that the shooter was there has this slogan: "Be optimistic. All the people you hate are going to eventually die."