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Son of Federal Judge in Epstein Deutsche Bank Case Shot Dead

Judge Esther Salas was appointed to the case last Wednesday. On Sunday, her 20-year-old son was shot at home.
20 July 2020, 12:59pm
​Rutgers University / Anderl Oakley
Rutgers University / Anderl Oakley

The son of a U.S. federal judge Esther Salas, who is overseeing the Deutsche Bank case involving Jeffrey Epstein, was shot and killed on Sunday afternoon by a man dressed as a FedEx delivery driver.

Salas’s husband, Mark Anderl, was also shot during the incident, which took place at the family’s home in North Brunswick, New Jersey at around 5 p.m. ET on Sunday. Salas reportedly escaped injury because she was in the basement at the time of the attack, according to a report from NBC New York.

Daniel Anderl, 20, opened the door to the gunman, according to a law enforcement official speaking to CNN, and was met with “a hail of gunfire” before the gunman fled. Mark Anderl was standing right behind his son, the official said.

The 20-year-old, who was a student at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., died at the scene after he was “shot through the heart,” North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack told ABC.

Mark Anderl, who is a prominent criminal defense attorney. was shot multiple times and rushed to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, where he underwent surgery.

It is currently unclear if the gunman, who remains at large, was a FedEx employee or simply dressed as one to avoid suspicion. “We are aware of the media reports and are fully cooperating with investigating authorities,” the company said in a statement on Sunday.

Both the U.S. Marshals and the FBI are investigating the incident.

“We are looking for one subject," the FBI said in a statement. "We are working closely with our state and local partners and will provide additional updates when available.”

Law enforcement officials told CNN it was not aware of any threats against the judge, However, the New Jersey Globe said it had learned the judge had been the target of threats, though it didn’t specify what those threats were.

Salas is a former public defender who was nominated to the federal bench during the term of former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2010. She was recommended to the position by Sen. Bob Menendez, who knew the family.

"My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice," Menendez said in a statement.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said the tragedy was the “latest reminder that gun violence remains a crisis in our country and that our work to make every community safer isn't done.”

One of Salas’s most high profile cases to date involved Teresa Giudice, star of Real Housewives of New Jersey, who along with her husband Joe was sentenced to jail for fraud in 2014.

But last week, Salas was appointed to oversee a case involving Deutsche Bank, which is accused of misleading investors “about anti-money-laundering deficiencies,” including not properly monitoring high-risk customers, such as Jeffrey Epstein. Salas was appointed to the case last Wednesday.

Cover: Rutgers University / Anderl Oakley

This article originally appeared on VICE US.