An armed man, disguised as a FedEx delivery boy, shot dead the son of a federal judge in the United States on Sunday and shot and injured her husband in an attack on their home in New Jersey, American media reported.
Judge Esther Salas was uninjured, according to ABC News.
The magistrate’s son Daniel Anderl, 20, was shot dead when he opened the door, according to ABC and CNN. “He was shot in the heart,” said North Brunswick mayor Francis “Mac” Womack, a friend of the judge, quoted by ABC. Esther Salas’ husband Mark Anderl, a lawyer and former prosecutor, was in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery, according to the New Jersey Globe.
The FBI office in Newark tweeted that it “is investigating a shooting that took place at the home of judge Esther Salas” and was looking for a suspect. The gunman was apparently wearing a driver’s uniform from the FedEx shipping and delivery company, law enforcement sources said. The motive for the crime was not known at first.
“As a judge, she received threats from time to time but everyone says she has not had any recently,” said the mayor to ABC.
Justice Salas, 51, is the first Hispanic woman to serve as a federal district judge in New Jersey. She was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010.
“I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and I was proud to recommend her to President Obama for her appointment to the New Jersey federal court,” New Jersey senator Bob Menendez said in a media release. “I pray for Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this appalling act will be quickly arrested and brought to justice,” he added.
The judge is currently assigned to a class action lawsuit filed by a group of Deutsche Bank investors, who say the bank failed to properly monitor clients considered high-risk, including financier Jeffrey Epstein, accused of having sexually exploited underage girls and who committed suicide last year in prison. Esther Salas has handled several high-profile cases and chaired the 2014 fraud trial against Teresa Giudice, the heroine of the reality show “Real Housewives of New Jersey”, and her husband Joe
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