Several people have reportedly been killed in a shooting at a mall in Old Bridge, New Jersey in the early hours of Friday morning.

ABC News reports that police responded to shots fired inside the Pathmark, where employees were stocking shelves, at 1043 Route 9 just before 4 a.m.

NBC New York is reporting that the gunman was killed in the shoot out. It is unclear at this time how many other people have died.


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By KATIE ZEZIMA and SAMANTHA HENRY

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — A New Jersey supermarket employee wearing military clothing opened fire at the closed store early Friday as a dozen or more co-workers worked inside, killing two of them and himself, a prosecutor said.

A law enforcement official identified the shooter as an ex-Marine who was discharged two years ago.

The 23-year-old man left his shift at a Pathmark store in Old Bridge Township around 3:30 a.m. and returned a half-hour later with a handgun and an AK-47 assault rifle, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan said.

About 12 to 14 workers were in the store, he said. The man fired at least 16 rounds from the rifle at the first workers he saw, killing an 18-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man as other workers hid, Kaplan said.

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    Police stationed outside the PathMark as body bags are removed from the scene where Tyler shot two coworkers and himself early Friday.

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    Detectives outside the apartment where Terence Tyler lived with his sister in Old Bridge, New Jersey, a five minute walk from the PathMark he shot two coworkers in before killing himself.

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    Middlesex County prosecutor Bruce Kaplan inspects the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. An employee of the supermarket opened fire at the closed store early Friday as a dozen or more colleagues worked inside, killing two of them and himself, Kaplan said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • An Old Bridge, N.J. police officer stands in front of the home of the alleged supermarket gunman, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Officials say the supermarket employee killed two people at the store early Friday and then fatally shot himself. Authorities say he opened fire on employees he saw when he walked into the Pathmark store. The store's front windows were shattered by gunfire. The motive is being investigated.(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

  • An Old Bridge police officer talks to an employee of TGI Friday's in Old Bridge N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Officials say a supermarket employee killed two people at the store early Friday and then fatally shot himself. Authorities say he opened fire on employees he saw when he walked into the Pathmark store. The store's front windows were shattered by gunfire. The motive is being investigated.(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

  • An Old Bridge, N.J. police officer stands in front of the home of the alleged supermarket gunman, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Officials say the supermarket employee killed two people at the store early Friday and then fatally shot himself. Authorities say he opened fire on employees he saw when he walked into the Pathmark store. The store's front windows were shattered by gunfire. The motive is being investigated.(AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

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    Middlesex County prosecutor Bruce Kaplan, center, walks with officials on the parking lot of a Pathmark grocery store where three people died in an early morning shooting in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Officials say a supermarket employee killed two people at the store early Friday and then fatally shot himself. Authorities say he opened fire on employees he saw when he walked into the Pathmark store. The store's front windows were shattered by gunfire. The motive is being investigated. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Officials say a supermarket employee killed two people at the store early Friday and then fatally shot himself. Authorities say he opened fire on employees he saw when he walked into the Pathmark store. The store's front windows were shattered by gunfire. The motive is being investigated. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Police investigate a shooting at a PathMark grocery store on Route 9 in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. A gunman allegedly entered the store early this morning when the store was closed to the public and fired a shotgun killing two employees and then himself. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

  • Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. At least three people have died in the shooting. A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting says the person believed to be the shooter is among the dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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    Middlesex County prosecutor Bruce Kaplan, right, arrives at the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. At least three people have died in the shooting. A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting says the person believed to be the shooter is among the dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. At least three people have died in the shooting. A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting says the person believed to be the shooter is among the dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Officials investigate the scene of a shooting at a Pathmark grocery store in Old Bridge, N.J., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. At least three people have died in the shooting. A law enforcement official briefed on the shooting says the person believed to be the shooter is among the dead. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

"I do not believe that they were specifically targeted. I believe everybody in the store was a target," said Kaplan.

The gunman then killed himself, said Kaplan.

He did not release the name of the suspect, but a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation identified him as Terence Tyler, an ex-Marine who was discharged in 2010. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because his agency is not in charge of the investigation.

Tyler, an infantryman, never served overseas, said Marine spokeswoman Capt. Kendra Motz. She wouldn't comment on the circumstances of his discharge. Tyler's home of record was Brooklyn.

John Niccollai, president of a foodworkers union that represents some store employees, said Pathmark officials and employees told him the gunman wore military clothing and had just punched out for the night before coming back into the store and opening fire.

Many of the employees escaped gunfire, Niccollai said, when an assistant manager, "who I would view as a hero," helped many workers to get out of the store through the back door.

Kaplan and police walked through the shooting scene at the supermarket Friday morning, with two long windows in the front completely shot through. Police kept onlookers away; a number of vehicles were in the parking lot outside, along with police cars.

The store and its parking lot were closed. Pathmark officials had no immediate comment.

Old Bridge is a bedroom community of about 65,000 just across the Raritan Bay from New York City's Staten Island borough.

New Jersey Transit closed its nearby park-and-ride lot for bus passengers and told riders that they could park in other park-and-ride lots or could ride a rail line.

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates.

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