New Jersey supermarket shooting suspect Terence Tyler was remembered by those who knew him as a “normal kid,” and not the person who is accused of killing two co-workers before turning the gun on himself.
Terence Tyler is a former Marine who is believed to have opened fire in a Pathmark in Old Bridge, killing two former co-workers. Though he is remembered mostly for being quiet, the Star-Ledger reported.
Manase Acheampong, whose cousin was friends with Tyler, said the accused gunman was an average young man who just moved to the township.
“He was a normal kid,” Acheampong said. “We had drinks. He never got into a fight or started one. I would never have guessed.”
But others had their suspicions of the accused New Jersey supermarket shooter.
“The way he looked at me, that gave me a very bad feeling,” said Miranda Miranda, a worker at the Pathmark originally scheduled for a shift just after the shooting. “He gave me an uneasy vibe.”
The 23-year-old Tyler, who was identified by police sources as the man responsible for the New Jersey supermarket shooting, served two years in the military though never overseas.
While in the service his specialty classification was “0311 — Rifleman,” a Marine spokesperson confirmed. Terence Tyler also received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal, Motz added.
He is alleged to have entered the Pathmark store on Friday morning dressed in desert camouflage gear and opened fire, killing two co-workers before killing himself.
Though he may have been unassuming to neighbors, there were some warning signs in Terence Tyler’s past, The Associated Press reported. In 2009 expressed his unhappiness with life in the Marines by tweeting a question: “is it normal to want to kill ALL of ur coworkers?”
At the time of the New Jersey supermarket shooting, Terence Tyler was reportedly suffering from severe depression.