A gunman dressed as a FedEx delivery driver shot and killed U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’s son. The gunman reportedly entered the family’s North Brunswick home in New Jersey, killing Salas’ son and critically injuring her husband.
The judge’s son, Daniel Anderl, a 20-year-old Catholic University student, is dead. Salas’ husband, criminal defense attorney Mark Anderl, remains in stable condition. He underwent surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, according to New Jersey Globe. Salas was unharmed.
The FBI released a statement on social media regarding the investigation into the case. “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 tweeted.
Mark was the one to open the door for the gunman on Sunday afternoon. After opening the door, the gunman shot Mark. Daniel rushed to the door and the gunman shot him before fleeing the home. At the time of the incident, Judge Esther Salas was in the basement of their home.
The authorities do not know the target of the shooting at this time. However, Salas reportedly received threats in recent weeks.
Connecting Federal Judge Esther Salas to Jeffrey Epstein
Shortly after the shooting, Newsweek reported on a connection between Judge Salad and Jeffrey Epstein. Only days before the shooting, Judge Salas was assigned a case in connection to Epstein.
A group of Deutsche Bank investors filed the lawsuit. They claim the company made false and misleading statements concerning its anti-money laundering policies. Furthermore, the lawsuit claims the company failed to properly monitor “high-risk” customers such as Epstein. Currently, the authorities did not indicate any connection between the shooting and the lawsuit.
The authorities believe the gunman involved in the shooting was Roy Den Hollander. The following day after the shooting, authorities found Den Hollander dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Pop Culture reports.
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez released a statement regarding the shooting. “I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and was proud to recommend her to President Obama for nomination to NJ’s federal bench,” the Senator said. “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 addition to offering condolences, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal urges potential witnesses to contact the FBI with any information related to the case. “We’re shocked by this horrific and violent act, and (the office of the attorney general) and (New Jersey State Police) offer our full investigative support to our federal partners,” Grewal said.
In conclusion, Grewal says, “We express our deepest sympathies to Judge Salas and her family, and to all who are grieving in the aftermath of this tragedy.”