A man wearing a FedEx uniform shot the husband and son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas at her home in New Jersey on Sunday night before fleeing the scene. Her son was killed and Her husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured.
“The gunman showed up to Salas’s home in North Brunswick, N.J., wearing an outfit described to police as a FedEx uniform, law enforcement said.”
“Both Mark Anderl, 63, a defense attorney and former Essex County assistant prosecutor, and Daniel Anderl, 20, a student at Catholic University in D.C., were shot after one of them opened the door for the gunman around 5 p.m.”
Judge Salas was at home during the attack but was not injured because she was in the basement, according to a judiciary official who spoke to the AP.
The gunman fled the scene in a car, the official said.
As reported by The New York Times, last week Judge Salas “was assigned to a class-action lawsuit a group of investors filed against Deutsche Bank, contending that the firm failed to flag questionable transactions that were made from the account of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died last August while in jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.”
“This month, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay a $150m fine for compliance failures in its dealings with Epstein, a convicted sex offender, as well as Danske Bank Estonia and FBME Back,” The Financial Times reported. “A few days later, plaintiffs led by Ali Karimi filed the lawsuit that is being overseen by Judge Salas.”
There has been no clear link – if any – established between the case and the attack at this stage.
U.S. Marshals and the FBI launch investigation into the attack:
The perpetrator, believed to be a lone gunman posing as a FedEx delivery person, was not in custody, officials said. The U.S. Marshals and the FBI said they are looking for one suspect in the shootings.
“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,” the FBI said in a statement. “We’re looking for one subject & ask that anyone who thinks they may have relevant information call us at 1-973-792-3001.”
“Federal agents and police officers went door to door on Sunday night interviewing neighbors,” The New York Times Times added. “Police tape blocked off the front lawn and driveway of the family’s colonial home. A North Brunswick police cruiser was parked outside the house, and two police officers stood sentinel outside the front door. An American flag was planted in the ground, illuminated by a floodlight.”
Marion Costanza, one of Salas’ neighbors, told the New York Times that Judge Salas was reportedly worried that being a public figure could make her a target.
“She had some high-profile cases, and she was always a little concerned,” Costanza said, later adding praise for the family, “There’s no one like them. They’re extremely good-natured. They would do anything for anyone.”
“Federal court records show that Salas has presided over several high-profiles cases, including the financial fraud case of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice,” CNN reported. “She also handled the 2018 sentencing of Farad Roland, who was found guilty of federal racketeering charges and sentenced to 45 years in prison by Salas. Roland was the leader of the South Side Cartel, ‘one of Newark’s most violent street gangs,’ a press release from the US Justice Department said.”
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