Gunman Opens Fire On Home Of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, Killing Son And Injuring Husband

TOPLINE

The FBI is investigating after the 20-year-old son of U.S. District Judge Judge Esther Salas was fatally shot on Sunday when a gunman dressed in a FedEx uniform opened fire on her home in New Jersey and also injured her husband.

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KEY FACTS

Daniel Anderl, 20, is believed to have opened the door with his father, Mark Anderl, standing behind him as the gunman opened fire, then fled, at around 5 p.m., according to the FBI, which is investigating the shooting.

Salas is currently presiding over a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank, which alleges the bank failed to monitor high-risk clients, including late client and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

A judiciary official, speaking anonymously to AP, said Salas’ husband was recovering in the hospital following surgery, while Salas was unharmed and in the basement when the shooting took place.

The suspect is still at large, with officials saying they are looking for “one subject.”

The FBI tweeted late on Sunday: “The FBI is investigating a shooting that occurred at the home of Judge Ester Salas in North Brunswick Township, New Jersey, earlier this evening, July 19. We’re looking for one subject & ask that anyone who thinks they may have relevant information call us at 1-973-792-3001.

It is not known whether the suspect was a FedEx employee, or posing in a uniform to gain access to the home in North Brunswick, and FedEx says they are cooperating with the authorities, according to CNN.

A motive is not yet known.

Crucial quote

Senior officials, including New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, condemned the shooting in a statement to AP: “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.”

Murphy also tweeted: “Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act.”

North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack described Salas’ husband Mark, a criminal attorney, as an “exuberant, vibrant, one hundred percent pleasant person.”

“He loves to talk about his wife, and he loves to brag about his son, and how his son would excel in baseball, and how he was doing down in college in Washington … I’m just very sorry to see him going through this.”

Key background

Judge Salas was confirmed in 2011 after being nominated by President Barack Obama, and is seated at Newark. She is currently overseeing a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who are suing the bank and CEO Christian Sewing, alleging the bank made false claims about its policies against money laundering. They also claim that the bank failed to monitor high-risk clients, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was a customer, and that shareholders lost money because of the bank’s dealings with him. Salas was also the judge in the case of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and husband Joe Giudice, who were sentenced in 2014 for bank fraud and served staggered prison sentences.

Further reading

Son of US District Judge Esther Salas killed, husband shot (Associated Press)

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