It was reported that police arrived at the spot and responded to shots fired inside the Pathmark, where employees were stocking shelves, at 4 am. The gunman was also killed in the shootout, it is learnt. A heavy police presence was seen outside the supermarket after the tragedy. SWAT team personnel took command positions in the parking place of a nearby restaurant.
The latest shootout was the seventh in the US this year and fourth in over a month. A few days ago, a 'disgruntled' designer killed a former co-worker and opened fire on the sidewalks before he was gunned down by the police. The man was sacked from an apparel company, it was known.
On August 5, a man called Michael Wade Page opened fire in a gurudwara in Wisconsin, killing six members of the Sikh community besides seriously injuring others. On July 20, 12 people were killed in a shooting massacre at a theatre during the screening of the batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises' in Colorado.
These incidents have given rise to a debate on the USA's gun laws. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney were criticised for evading the issue of gun laws.