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The 23-year-old ex-marine who s**t and killed his co-workers and himself at a New Jersey grocery store, may have been planning to commit the crime years before he actually executed it. Just three years ago, Terence Tyler took to his Twitter account to post eery tweets about killing his co-workers.
One tweet read: “Is it normal to want to k**l ALL of ur coworkers?” He continued with: “Maybe but I’m actually in a position where I can.” The tweets also contained references to O.J. Simpson, Adolf Hitler, and his growing paranoia. He also tweeted his preference for the desert fatigues he wore on the day he went on his shooting spree.
In another tweet, Tyler- who was stationed in California seven months after joining the Marines- expressed his growing rage toward his comrades in arms. “I’m starting to see why plp go on killin sprees. . . . Because these mothaf—— are reeeeeeally pushin my ‘k**l everyone I see button,’ ” he wrote on Oct. 7, 2009.
Tyler’s fantasy rage became a reality on Friday when he opened fire on two co-workers using an assault-type rifle and wearing his military fatigue. After leaving his job -a local grocery store in which he’d only been employed for two weeks- at 4 a.m., Tyler returned with a plan to k**l. He fired over 16 rounds during the assault, striking two victims: 18-year old Christina LoBrutta and 24-year old Bryan Green. After fatally shooting his co-workers, he pulled a handgun and killed himself to end the 4 a.m. carnage, authorities said. Thirteen of his co-workers escaped the assault.
Tyler’s family said he’d battled depression for years after his mother died in 2007. The killings came three days before the anniversary of her birthday.