- The man believed to have shot the son and husband of US District Court Judge Esther Salas died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to ABC News.
- The gunman, who has not been identified, killed Salas’ 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl. Her husband, Mark Anderl, was seriously injured.
- The suspect is an attorney who appeared before Salas in 2015, according to ABC.
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The gunman suspected of a shooting that killed the son of US District Court Judge Esther Salas and seriously injured her husband has been found dead of an apparent suicide, according to ABC News.
When Salas’ 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl opened the door, with his father standing right behind him, they were met with a “hail of gunfire” CNN reported.
Salas’ husband, criminal defence attorney Mark Anderl, was seriously injured and remains hospitalized. Salas was in the basement at the time and is uninjured, according to ABC News.
The suspect, a lawyer, died by suicide in upstate New York, multiple unnamed law enforcement sources told ABC News. His body had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in a car, ABC reported.
The Daily Beast has identified the gunman as Roy Den Hollander, a self-described “anti-feminist.”
He had one case pending before Salas: a challenge to the male-only draft, according to court documents viewed by The Daily Beast. It was filed in 2015 and oral arguments were scheduled last month, but postponed.
It’s not clear if the case was the motivation for the shooting, and authorities have not yet determined a motive.
A FedEx package addressed to Judge Salas was discovered in the car, sources told the station.
Hollander has built a career out of filing suits arguing that women get unconstitutional special treatment over men, according to The Daily Beast.
Among them are efforts to outlaw Ladies’ Nights at clubs and end women’s studies programs at colleges.
The Daily Beast reported that Hollander’s interest in the men’s rights movement was sparked by his marriage to a Russian woman, who he said on his website was a prostitute who swindled him.
As of Monday afternoon, Hollander’s website was unavailable.
The suspect who opened fire at the New Jersey home of US District Judge Esther Salas died by suicide near Liberty, NY, multiple law enforcement sources told @ABC
— Anastasia (@AnastasiaElyseW) July 20, 2020
Judge Esther Salas previously served as a public defender and a federal magistrate judge.
In 2010, then-President Barack Obama appointed her as a district court judge, making her the “first Hispanic woman to serve on the federal bench in New Jersey,” according to NBC4 New York.
Four days before the shooting, Salas was assigned to the ongoing lawsuit against Deutsche Bank. The company is accused of making false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failing to monitor “high-risk” customers like Jeffrey Epstein.
There is no indication that the lawsuit is in any way related to the shooting.
Salas had received threats in the past, sources told ABC news.
Investigators are working to determine if there is any connection between those prior threats and the shooting or whether it involved Mark Anderl’s work as an attorney, ABC reported.
Daniel Anderl was a rising junior at Catholic University.
“We all mourn and grieve this loss to our University community. Our deepest condolences go out to Daniel’s parents, Esther Salas and Mark Anderl,” the school’s president John H. Garvey tweeted. “We pray too for Daniel’s father, who was also shot and is in the hospital.”
Dear Members of the University Community,
I was shocked last night to hear news of Daniel Anderl’s tragic death Sunday evening in New Jersey. Daniel was a rising junior, enrolled for classes beginning in the next few weeks. He turned 20 last week.https://t.co/NtEfxrGoxl
— Catholic University President (@CatholicPres) July 20, 2020
This article has been updated.
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