WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Three people are recovering in the hospital after a shooting at a New Jersey Turnpike rest stop.
Things were back to normal Saturday morning at the Thomas Edison Service Area, but overnight it was a crime scene blocked off for hours as state police troopers and detectives questioned people and searched for any clues in the shooting that left the men badly hurt.
A black van believed to be at the center of the investigation remains parked near the main entrance to the food and services building just off the exit.
The violence broke out around 6:45 p.m. Police responded to the service area for reports of a person injured as a result of a car accident.
When troopers arrived at the scene they discovered three people suffering from gunshot wounds. Travellers were stunned at what they saw.
“When I was told there was a shooting, I mean that’s pretty shocking. I didn’t expect a shooting in a place like this where you come in for like a snack or dinner, just to stop by for a bathroom break. So I was a little shocked,” traveller Linda Lee told CBS2.
It remained unclear Saturday morning why those three people were shot, but police say they appeared to have been travelling southbound on the Turnpike when they pulled into the rest stop.