A gunman disguised as a FedEx delivery driver shot and killed the son of a US federal judge and wounded her husband in an attack Sunday at their New Jersey home, reports said.
Judge Esther Salas was not hurt, ABC News said.
Salas’s son Daniel Anderl, 20, was shot dead when he answered the door, ABC and CNN said, citing sources.
‘He was shot through the heart,’ North Brunswick mayor Francis Womack, a friend of the judge, told ABC.
The judge’s husband Mark Anderl, a criminal defence attorney and former prosecutor, was in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery, the New Jersey Globe reported.
The FBI’s Newark office tweeted that they were ‘investigating a shooting that occurred at the home of Judge Ester Salas’ and were looking for one suspect.
The gunman appeared to be dressed as a FedEx driver, according to reports citing law enforcement sources.
The motive was not immediately clear.
‘As a judge, she had threats from time to time, but everyone is saying that recently there had not been any,’ Womack told ABC.
Judge Salas, 51, was the first Hispanic woman to serve as a federal district judge in New Jersey and was nominated to her current position by President Barack Obama in 2010.
‘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,’ New Jersey senator Bob Menendez said in a statement quoted by media.
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