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Suspected gunman in Jersey killing of Judge's son, found dead

The judge was recently assigned to a case related to Jeffrey Epstein

Updated: July 20, 2020 - 2:49pm

The individual suspected of shooting the husband and son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas on Sunday evening has been found dead of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to law enforcement officials.

Daniel Anderl, Salas's son with her husband, defense attorney Mark Anderl, was shot fatally in their New Brunswick home on Sunday evening by a gunman disguised as a FedEx driver. Mark Anderl was also wounded, but is now in stable condition and "seems to be ok," according to Esther Salas's brother. 

Authorities believe that an attorney found dead in the New York town of Rockland in the Catskills was the shooter. Officials, including the FBI and US Marshals are investigating whether the gun found at the scene matches the one used to kill Judge Salas's son and injure her husband. 

FedEx issued a statement on Monday to say they are fully cooperating with law enforcement and extend their "deepest sympathies" to the Judge and her family. 


An unidentified gunman Sunday evening fatally shot the 20-year-old son of Federal District Judge Esther Salas and wounded her husband at their family home in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

Salas was reportedly in the basement at the time of the shooting and was not injured. Her husband is recovering from surgery.

The gunman reportedly disguised himself as a FedEx delivery driver. The FBI is looking for one suspect in the shootings. 

The judge's husband has been identified as defense lawyer Mark Anderl. The son has been identified as Daniel Anderl.

Last week, Salas was assigned to the case brought by Deutsche Bank investors that involves accusations that the bank failed to monitor high-risk customers, including Jeffrey Epstein. 

Salas was nominated by President Obama and confirmed in 2011.

In recent years, she was assigned to the financial fraud case tied to the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" husband-and-wife Teresa and Joe Giudice. Salas sentenced them both to prison for counts of bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion, staggering their sentences so that their children would have a parent at home.