NJ Police: Sniper Kills Brother, Samaritan, Self

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – Authorities in New Jersey say a gunman shot and killed his brother and a Good Samaritan before being taking his own life Monday.

The deadly incident began at about 10 a.m. near the Tall Timbers condos on Westchester Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County.

According to investigators, 45-year-old Craig Mueller fired several shots with a semi-automatic military rifle from a second story window at the complex.

Police say one of the fatalities was the gunman’s brother, 52-year-old Bryan Mueller. The second victim was 21-year-old Kara Ellis. Police say Ellis was trying to help Bryan Mueller when she was fatally shot.

“Cara was outside and walking and saw what happened and tried to render assistance to Bryan and she was caught in the crossfire,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford.

At about 2 p.m., a SWAT team entered the residence that the brothers shared and found Craig Mueller dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It was not immediately known what sparked the deadly shooting.

“At this point, it’s a mystery,” Ford said, referring to a possible motive for the deadly incident.

Schools in the area were placed on lockdown until about 3:15 p.m.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, authorities in New Jersey say the Cape May County SWAT team shot and killed a man who was coming at them with weapons on Sunday night.

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says it is investigating that shooting, in which 37-year-old Douglas Wnek of Middle Township, near Wildwood, died.

According to a spokesman for the attorney general, Wnek’s wife, Amber, called police to report her husband was alone inside their home, armed and suicidal. Police, including the county SWAT team and hostage negotiators, responded.

The spokesman says they were trying to negotiate a peaceful surrender when Wnek made several threatening statements and left the house carrying two rifles and a shotgun. He says SWAT officers opened fire when Wnek failed to respond to commands from police, killing him.

Police declined to provide any other details. The phone to the Wneks’ home has been disconnected.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio and Cydney Long, CBS 3


One Comment

  1. Jeff says:

    While I am not a big gun fan per say, I AM a huge supporter of the US Constitution. I do believe that once we begin to take away our Constitutional rights, it will all be downhill from there. Therefore, while I won’t purchase a gun, I support the peoples right to do so if they so choose.

  2. Joe G. says:

    to enlighten everyone about little eggs “inglorious” police force.

    I live right down the road, i herd only 3 shots, while the whole police force surrounded our complex, and i loaded my 12 ga shotgun and waited, out of fear someone or who ever was doing the shooting might be walking around. After all the police were saying to stay indoors and stuff.

    So for all of the people who want to say this is why gun’s should be banned i will say gun’s shoudln’t, because we all know how capable the police are in this town, they can’t stop the drug war here let alone a 45 year oild armed with a bolt action hunting rifle.

    The media loves to bump this up, so now he went from “an elderly man with a rifle to a “sniper”, it makes me wonder what else they will put into the news to make the NJ anti gun AG act out.

  3. I.M. Strong says:

    People Kill People not Guns. The Gun just makes it easier, but there are other ways to Kill man. The problem is that the US government is not helping it’s own country men. The Government feels the need to support other countries and not their own. This will create a war between Americans! Think about it we are all animals and when you have a animal trapped against the wall they will attack!!!! We should not worry about feeding and giving money away to other Countries when Our Country is less then 250 years old!!!!! I am not a Republican or a Democrat I am Just an American who has the right to Free Speech and Like to tell the Truth!!!!!!! Think about it we feed other countries while our children die of diseases we can cure if we did not give money away to others!!! Our young and old are dying in wars in other countries who do not care if we exist!!!

  4. Sharon Loftus says:

    Where do all these peopel get all these weapons from, please try to explain that to me? And can life be that bad?, I know times are tough, really tough, but we are all in the same boat, trying trying to make, but we are not killing each other, we should all be trying to help each other, Lets try harder to help each other a little more so this does not go on, please…

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