NJ supermarket 911 caller: 'I don't want to die'

Associated Press Modified: September 13, 2012 at 5:19 pm •  Published: September 13, 2012
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Employees at a New Jersey supermarket hid in storage spaces, snuck out through back exits and ran through parking lots as they begged 911 dispatchers to hurry and send help when a co-worker started shooting at them.

"I don't want to die, please," a woman hiding in a back room softly told a 911 dispatcher.

The calls from the Aug. 31 shooting at the Pathmark in Old Bridge were released Thursday. They paint a scene of chaos and fear — a woman whispering and breathing heavily, others in the store afraid the gunman might sneak up on them.

"Guy with a shotgun," one man, apparently winded from running into a nearby parking lot, told a dispatcher. "He's blowing the place apart."

Authorities say employee Terence Tyler, a former Marine, shot two co-workers and then killed himself. Cristina LoBrutto, 18, and Bryan Breen, 24, each died of a single gunshot wound. Both were Old Bridge residents.

Investigators determined that Tyler shot Breen and LoBrutto with an assault rifle then turned a handgun on himself. Family members said Tyler, 23, who also lived in Old Bridge, was discharged from the Marines after suffering from depression and had never gotten over his mother's death.

People on the calls identified the shooter as an ex-Marine named Terence who started working at the store two weeks earlier. No one knew his last name. One caller said Tyler was wearing "riot gear" and started shooting as he approached the store from the parking lot. The shooting started around 4 a.m.

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