Pathmark shooting inspires push for social media legislation

OLD BRIDGE - Friends and family of the Old Bridge Pathmark shooting victims say the social media accounts of gunman Terrence Tyler hinted at his violent plans.

About 1,800 people have now signed a petition demanding tougher social media background checks for employment in New Jersey.

The proposal is named "Cristina's Law" in honor of Old Bridge shooting victim Cristina LoBrutto.

Terrence Tyler had been employed at the Pathmark for just two weeks. The ex-marine left the store while working a night shift on Aug. 31. He returned a short time later armed with an AK-47 and an automatic pistol and opened fire, killing LoBrutto and fellow employee Bryan Breen before turning the gun on himself.

Terrence Tyler's Facebook and Twitter accounts were filled with violent posts referring to killing co-workers and going on killing sprees.

Supporters of the bill think the shooting could have been prevented had Tyler's social media posts been a part of pre-employment screenings.

To watch an interview with friends and supporters of "Cristina's Law", click on News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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