OLD BRIDGE, NJ(CBSNewYork) — Authorities have released details in an August shooting that left three Old Bridge, NJ Pathmark employees dead.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that shooter Terence Tyler, 23, served in the United State Marine Corps from March 2008 until February 2010.
After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps Tyler purchased a shotgun, a .45-caliber handgun, and a WASR-10; a Romanian rifle similar to an AK-47. Tyler purchased the weapons legally in California, but later made modifications to the WASR-10 that rendered it illegal, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan.
In June of 2012 Tyler moved to New Jersey and brought his weapons with him, the WASR-10 is illegal in New Jersey. He began working at the Pathmark on August 20, and reported for his usual shift on August 31.
Tyler left work unprompted by any type of issue or dispute with his coworkers, according to investigators. He returned home where he changed into desert camouflage and picked up his three weapons before returning to the Pathmark.
Upon arriving back at the store Tyler began firing at a Pathmark employee. The employee ran inside and warned coworkers.
The investigation determined that Tyler did not have an intended target and was firing randomly. Police from Old Bridge, Sayreville, and Perth Amboy arrived on scene after receiving 911 calls shortly after 4 a.m. Upon arriving on scene police determined that there were three people lying motionless inside of the store.
Victims Bryan Breen, 24, and Cristina LoBrutto, 18, were each killed by a single gunshot wound. Breen died instantaneously, and LoBrutto died seconds after being shot. The third body was Tyler’s, the investigation showed.
Police proceeded to cordon off the area, aided employees in fleeing the store, and questioned witnesses in an effort to determine how many people remained in the store.
The investigation also determined that Tyler had been in possession of 300 rounds of ammunition for the WASR-10, the weapon used in the killings, he expended 19 rounds and killed himself with a single shot from his .45-caliber handgun.
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