Esther Salas : Federal judge’s son killed
An armed man opened fire on the house of the court of the county of the New Jersey of the United States, Esther Salas, Sunday in the north of Brunswick, killing her son and wounding her husband, according to the highest federal judge.
Daniel Underle, 20, a Catholic University student, has died and Mark Underle, the judge’s husband and defense lawyer, was injured, according to presiding judge Frida Wolfson. Wolfson said that Salas was unharmed.
The US Marshal and the FBI are investigating the shooting and working to locate the suspected gunman.
According to initial reports from the police, Daniel Underrall opened the door with his father directly behind him. A police source told CNN the door was opened to a volley of gunfire and the shooter escaped.
“We are looking for a topic,” the FBI said in a statement. “We are working closely with our state and local partners and will provide additional updates as they become available.”
A law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of the investigation told CNN that the gunman appeared to be wearing FedEx uniforms.
It is not yet known whether the shooter is a FedEx employee or someone who claims to be an employee.
“We are abreast of media reports and are cooperating fully with investigating authorities,” FedEx spokesman Jonathan Lyons said in an emailed statement.
The source told CNN that the police were not threatened with the judge. Now the investigators don’t know the reason.
“He was shot in the heart,” Northern Brunswick Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack (D) told ABC News by Daniel Underer.
The Associated Press reported that Salas’ son died and took her husband to the hospital for an operation. Womack told NJ Advance Media that Mark Anderl is now in stable condition.
The FBI said it was looking for a suspect. The Marshall Service said it was also investigating, adding in a statement to HuffPost that the agency “is charged with protecting federal justice officials and we take that responsibility very seriously.”
Authorities have given no indication of the motive for the shooting. Womack, a friend of Salas and her husband, told ABC he was abreast of no specific threats against the judge.
“As a judge she has had threats from time to time, but everyone says there have been no threats,” Womack said.
Salas, 51, was the first Hispanic woman from New Jersey to work as a judge in the American province. President Barack Obama appointed her to the position in 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate in 2011. Salas previously worked as a judge in the New Jersey County US District Court.
She also addressed the 2018 judgment on Farad Roland, who was convicted of federal blackmail and sentenced Esther Salas to forty five years in prison. A press release from the United States Department of Justice said that Roland was the head of the Cartel’s Side, “one of Newark’s most violent street gangs”.
On Thursday, Esther Salas was appointed to deal with a class-action lawsuit brought by Ali Karimi against Deutsche Bank on behalf of investors who bought the bank’s securities between November 7, 2017 and July 6, 2020. The lawsuit claims the bank “did not” has not monitored customer records that the bank considers itself to be seriously correct, including, amongothers, sex crime convicts, Jeffrey Epstein, ”according to Federal Court records.
In a personal profile for 2018 in New Jersey, Salas said he met Mark Underrul when he was assistant attorney general in the Essex district attorney’s office and a second-year law school intern.
“I was literally taking fingerprints,” she told the magazine when he approached her. “We have been inseparable since 1992.”
Mark Anderl works as a criminal defense attorney at Anderl & Oakley, PC, which specializes in state and federal criminal defense and juvenile and municipal court cases, according to their website.