A gunman shot dead the 20-year-old son of a federal judge in New Jersey and shot her husband on Sunday at the family home, the district chief justice said.
The shooting took place at the home of US district judge Esther Salas in northern Brunswick and killed her son Daniel, District Chief Justice Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Her husband, defense attorney Mark Anderl, was injured, said Wolfson.
The shooter posed as a delivery driver, according to a court official who was not authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. They said Salas was in the basement at the time and that she was not injured and that her husband is recovering from surgery.
The author, suspected of being a lone gunman, was not in detention, the official said.
Salas, seated in Newark, was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2011. Previously, she was a justice of the peace in the United States in New Jersey, after working as an assistant public defender for several years.
His most publicized case in recent years was the financial fraud case involving reality TV wives Teresa and Joe Giudice, husband and wife, real New Jersey housewives, whom Salas sentenced to prison terms. for crimes, including fraud and tax evasion. Salas staggered their sentences so that one of them could be available to care for their four children.
In 2017, she banned federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against a suspected gang leader accused of multiple murders in Newark, ruling that the man’s intellectual disability made him ineligible for the death penalty. Salas then sentenced the man to 45 years in prison.
More recently, Salas has chaired an ongoing lawsuit by Deutsche Bank investors who claim that the company has made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and has failed to monitor customers at high risk, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez, who supported the appointment of Salas to the federal seat, said Sunday evening, “My prayers go to Judge Salas and his family, and those responsible for this horrific act are quickly apprehended and brought to justice. . “
In an email statement, Democratic Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, called the shooting “a senseless act” and said that “this tragedy is our last reminder that gun violence remains a crisis in our country and that our work to make every community not done.