New Jersey: Terence Tyler, an ex-Marine who gunned down two co-workers before killing himself at a supermarket early Friday, once tweeted about killing "everyone I see", a report said on Saturday.
According to the report, Tyler, 23, had suffered from depression.
Tyler, 23, left his night clerk shift at a Pathmark store in Old Bridge Township around 3:30 am, drove off and returned 20 minutes later to the closed store with a handgun and an assault rifle similar to an AK-47, Middlesex County prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said. About 12 to 14 workers were still there, inputting new prices into the computer.
Tyler fired more than 16 rounds from his rifle, shooting at an employee standing outside and firing as he entered the store, blowing out the front windows, authorities said. He shot at five other workers in an aisle, killing Christina LoBrutto, 18, and Bryan Breen, 24, Kaplan said.
"I do not believe that they were specifically targeted. I believe everybody in the store was a target," said Kaplan.
Tyler, who began working at the supermarket less than two weeks ago, drew his handgun and killed himself, the prosecutor said.
The motive was under investigation. But family members said Tyler had been discharged from the Marines two years ago after suffering from depression and had never gotten over his mother's death; the shooting happened around the five-year anniversary of her death, they said.
And on a Twitter account in 2009, with a photograph identified by family members as Tyler, a post talks about hating Marine life.
"I'm starting to see why plp go on killin sprees," he wrote in October 2009, using the handle (at)Tylerbkstyle. "And these (obscenity) are reeeeeeally pushin my kill everyone I see button."
At the top of Tyler's Facebook page reads the motto, "Be optimistic. All the people you hate are going to eventually die."
Kaplan and police walked through the shooting scene at the supermarket Friday morning, with two long windows in the front completely shot through. Evidence markers were placed next to broken glass outside the store, in a suburban shopping centre about 40 miles south of Manhattan. Several ammunition magazines were recovered along with Tyler's rifle and a .45-caliber handgun, he said.
John Niccollai, the president of a foodworkers union, said many of the employees working escaped the gunfire when an assistant manager got many of them to flee out the back door.
Breen and LoBrutto were cashiers who normally worked day shifts but pulled overnight shifts every few weeks to input price changes, Niccollai said. Tyler had been working for Pathmark since August 20 as a night clerk stocking shelves.
Tyler was discharged from the Marines in 2010 after just under two years in the service in Twentynine Palms, California, the Marines said. The infantryman from New York City never served overseas, said Marine spokeswoman Captain Kendra Motz. She wouldn't comment on the circumstances of his discharge.
(With Agency inputs)
First Published: Saturday, September 01, 2012, 14:45