- (Photo: NBC New York)
At least three people are dead after a shooting around 4 a.m. EST in a supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey, with a police officer revealing that the alleged gunman is among the dead.
Details about are still flowing in about the shooting that occurred inside a Pathmark grocery store in the N.J. suburb of Old Bridge, which is about 25 miles away from New York City. The supermarket was closed at the time of the incident, scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Two of the windows were bashed in when the police arrived, and an anonymous police official told The Associated Press that the suspect was among those that died, but it was not immediately clear if he was killed before police arrived at the scene or if it was a result of a shootout.
One of the victims was an 18-year-old woman, NBC New York revealed, while the alleged gunman was 23-years of age. The identity and age of the other victim are not yet known.
A helicopter captured footage of SWAT team members setting up a command post at the parking lot of a nearby restaurant, and FBI and ATF agents were also at the scene of the crime to offer assistance. Local authorities believe that the incident was an isolated one, however, and will lead the investigation.
The Pathmark store has since been closed for the day as officials are arriving the scene of the shooting. NJ Transit's Old Bridge Park 7 Ride has also been closed down as the investigation continues.
The N.J. Pathmark shooting is the latest in a series of fatal gun attacks to hit the U.S. Earlier in July, a student opened fire at a Batman movie at a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 people, while just a few weeks ago a white supremacist shot down six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. And only last week, a gunman killed a former co-worker outside the Empire State Building in New York City, before he was shot dead by police officers arriving at the scene.