Neighbor ‘locked eyes’ with ‘suspect Roy Den Hollander’ seconds after he ‘fatally shot judge’s son and hurt husband’ – The Sun
A NEIGHBOR of Judge Esther Salas’ said he “locked eyes” with the suspect who killed the judge’s son and critically wounded her husband on Sunday night.
Wenfeng Zhang, 44, told The Sun on Monday that he saw the suspect — identified by the FBI as Roy Den Hollander — moments after the shooting was carried out at the house in North Brunswick, New Jersey, around 5pm.
The suspect accused of killing Salas’ son, Daniel Anderl, 20, was identified on Monday as Hollander, a lawyer and men’s rights activist.
"The FBI has identified Roy Den Hollander as the primary subject in the attack that occurred at the home of the Honorable Esther Salas," the FBI tweeted. "Den Hollander is now deceased."
Per the New Jersey Globe, Hollander represented a New Jersey woman who was suing the US Selective Service System so she could register for the male-onlydraft.
Salas had agreed to hear the case, which was filed in 2015, but in 2019, Salas dismissed part of the lawsuit, while another part was still pending.
Sources told WNBC that authorities are now investigating whether Hollander was involved in the death of a "prominent men's rights figure in California earlier this month."
Zhang, who lives directly next door to the Salas family home, said he “heard everything” but didn’t want to comment further.
“He looked at me and I looked at him when he was walking from the house to his car,” Zhang said. “Then he walked calmly up to his car and drove away."
“He looked normal. Not in a rush or anything. I thought he just delivered something."
Zhang said he became suspicious when he also drove away from the street and saw police cars racing toward the neighborhood.
“I rang my wife who was still at home and she told me they were across the street and the whole road was being blocked off."
Zhang’s wife, Jenny Wang, said she heard gunshots and a scream outside her home around 5pm on Sunday.
“I thought it was fireworks, they just went bang, bang, bang," she said. “I heard three or four shots.”
Investigators said the suspect was dressed as a FedEx driver when he arrived at the Salas’ house.
But when Judge Salas’ husband, Mark Anderl, a 63-year-old criminal defense attorney, opened the door — Hollander allegedly shot him.
When Daniel walked to the front door to see what was going on, the suspect is said to have shot him “through the heart.”
Daniel, a student at Catholic University in Washington, DC, died in the attack.
Salas, 51, was in the basement at the time of the shootings and was not injured.
Multiple news outlets reported on Monday that the suspected shooter was found dead in his car near Liberty, New York.
A FedEx package addressed to Salas was said to be found in the suspect's car.
It's believed he died hours after he opened fire at the Salas family home.
Francis Womack, a family friend and the mayor of North Brunswick, said the judge had received death threats in the past.
He told ABC News: "As a judge, she had threats from time to time, but everyone is saying that recently there had not been any."
A neighbor said Salas said in the past that her status as a public figure could make her a target.
“She had some high-profile cases, and she was always a little concerned,” Marion Costanza, who attended Salas’ swearing-in ceremony, told The New York Times.
She added of the family: “There’s no one like them. They’re extremely good-natured. They would do anything for anyone.”
“I think she cried for a week and that’s just in DC,” the neighbor said of Salas when Daniel went off to college. “He was her only child.”
In 2014, Salas sentenced Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Guidice to prison for fraud.
Guidice on Monday said that she was praying for the judge and her family following the shooting.
The RHONJ star’s attorney, James Leonard Jr, told The Sun: "Teresa was very shaken by the news and was very emotional when she heard about it."
“She told me that [she] would be praying very heavily for Judge Salas and her family," he said. “This is absolutely devastating.”
Salas was nominated to the US District Court by President Barack Obama in November 2010.
Before being promoted by Obama, Salas served nine years as an assistant federal public defender in Newark.
New Jersey Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez recommended Salas to the court.
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