Federal judge's son killed, her lawyer husband wounded in shooting at their home

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A gunman dressed as a FedEx driver killed the son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas of the District of New Jersey and wounded her lawyer husband Sunday evening.

The gunman shot and killed 20-year-old college student Daniel Anderl after one of the victims opened the door at about 5 p.m., report ABC News, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Bridgewater Courier News and NJ.com (here and here).

Criminal defense lawyer Mark Anderl, 63, was wounded in the attack.

Salas, 51, was home, but she was not injured. Sources told NJ.com that she was in the basement during the attack. The family lived in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

Daniel Anderl was a student at Catholic University and was planning to attend law school, according to the Bridgewater Courier News. He was the couple’s only child.

Mark Anderl was in stable condition following surgery, North Brunswick Mayor Francis “Mac” Womack told NJ.com. Anderl was formerly an assistant prosecutor in Essex County.

Salas, a federal judge in Newark, New Jersey, is an appointee of President Barack Obama. She has handled several high-profile cases.

Those cases include drug-trafficking cases involving the Grape Street Crips and the sentencing of The Real Housewives of New Jersey reality TV show stars Joe and Teresa Giudice. Salas was recently assigned a securities class action by Deutsche Bank investors who claimed that the bank failed to properly monitor high-risk customers, such as convicted sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein.

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