OLD BRIDGE – The sleepy end of his late-night supermarket shift marked the grisly start of Terence Tyler’s lethal last stand.
The ex-Marine rifleman left a suburban New Jersey Pathmark and returned 30 minutes later dressed in camouflage before gunning down two helpless co-workers. Then the coward killed himself.
The homicidal worker, hired just two weeks ago, blasted 16 shots from an assault rifle early Friday at a skeleton crew of terrified colleague scrambled for their lives before sunrise, officials said.
Defenseless Cristina LoBrutto, 18, of Old Bridge, N.J., and her friend Bryan Breen, 24, of Laurence Harbor, N.J., were killed in the fusillade, while 13 lucky colleagues escaped the 4 a.m. carnage unharmed.
The lone gunman’s first target, a graveyard shift co-worker standing outside the Old Bridge store, dodged a literal bullet to run inside and warn the others. Glass shattered behind him as two store windows were blown out by rifle fire.