A shooter killed the 20-year-old child of a federal judge as he entered the entryway of the family home Sunday in New Jersey and injured the judge’s husband, as indicated by authorities.
Boss Judge Freda Wolfson revealed that federal judge Salas’ son Daniel Anderl, 20 years old, was killed in the shooting and her better half, Mark Anderl, a defense lawyer, and was harmed. Salas was safe, Wolfson said.
Around 5 p.m., the judge’s son opened the order of the family’s North Brunswick home on Sunday and was quickly shot, sources said. “He was shot through the heart,” Womack said. The son was a freshman at Catholic University.
“As a judge, she had threats occasionally, yet everyone is saying that generally there had not been any,” said Womack, who is personal friends with the judge and her husband.
“The FBI is investigating a shooting that happened at the home of Judge Esther Salas in North Brunswick Township, New Jersey prior tonight, July 19. We are searching for one subject and ask that any individual who thinks they may have significant data please call FBI Newark at 973-792-3001. We are working closely with our state and neighborhood partners and will give extra updates when accessible.” In a statement, the FBI Newark office said.
Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act. https://t.co/3mOYBSd6TA
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 20, 2020
The New Jersey State Police, the North Brunswick Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office are also associated with the investigation. The U.S. Marshals have been called to give the judge a security detail, as per a law authorization official.
Authorities are investigating whether there is any association between those previous threats and the shooting, or whether it possibly incorporated the husband’s work as a criminal defense legal counselor.
Democratic New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, who maintained Salas’ designation to the government seat, said in a statement Sunday night, “My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous demonstration are swiftly secured and brought to justice.”
In a messaged statement, Fair New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the shooting “a senseless demonstration” and said, “his 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.”