US Marshals and the FBI are investigating a shooting at the North Brunswick home of US District Court of New Jersey Judge Esther Salas, law enforcement officials said.
The son of the Newark-based federal judge has been shot and killed, and her husband shot and injured in an attack at the family’s home, according to law enforcement sources.
Daniel Anderl was 20 years old at the time of his death.
Initial reports from law enforcement said the child opened the door with the parent right behind. The door opened to a hail of gunfire and the gunman – apparently dressed in a FedEx uniform – fled, a law enforcement source told CNN.
A child and the judge’s husband were shot. The judge is unharmed.
“We are looking for one subject,” the FBI said in a statement. “We are working closely with our state and local partners and will provide additional updates when available.”
Governor Phil Murphy issued a statement:
“Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act. This tragedy is our latest reminder that gun violence remains a crisis in our country and that our work to make every community safer isn’t done.”
Likewise, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) released the following statement in response to the reported shooting this evening at the New Jersey home of U.S. District Judge Salas:
“I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and was proud to recommend her to President Obama for nomination to New Jersey’s federal bench. My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”
Appointed to her position in 2011, Salas was the Judge responsible for the trial of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice. They were both sentenced for bank fraud on October 2, 2014.