Man Suspected of Shooting Judge's Husband, Son, Found Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound: Reports

Judge Esther Salas
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By , 1010 WINS

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- The suspected gunman who shot a federal judge's husband and 20-year-old son -- killing the son -- at their New Jersey home Sunday, has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in upstate New York, according to multiple reports.

The man was found in Liberty, New York.

According to ABC News, the man's body was found in a car.

He was an attorney who had a case before Judge Esther Salas in 2015, according to ABC News.

The shootings occurred in North Brunswick at the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, who has been connected high-profile cases involving Jeffrey Epstein and "Real Housewives of New Jersey'' stars Teresa and Joe Giudice.

Salas' husband, Mark Anderl, is a defense lawyer. Their son Daniel, is a student at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. (photos below)


The gunman posed in what appeared to be a FedEx uniform and opened fire at the home, law enforcement officials said.

Authorities said Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn't injured and her husband is recovering from surgery.

"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's Newark field office tweeted Sunday night. "We're looking for one subject & ask that anyone who thinks they may have relevant information call us at 1-973-792-3001."

Salas, seated in Newark, was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2011.

Previously, she served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in New Jersey, after working as an assistant public defender for several years.

Salas recently has presided over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor "high-risk'' customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

She also preside over the financial fraud case involving husband-and-wife "Real Housewives of New Jersey'' reality TV stars Teresa and Joe Giudice, whom Salas sentenced to prison for crimes including bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion. Salas staggered their sentences so that one of them could be available to take care of their four children.

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, who backed Salas's nomination to the federal bench, said in a statement Sunday night, "I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and was proud to recommend her to President Obama for nomination to NJ’s federal bench. My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice."

In a statement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called the shooting "a senseless act'' and said "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.''

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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