Three die in US shopping plaza shootout (Lead)

August 31st, 2012 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 31 (IANS) Three people, including an armed man wearing body armour who initially opened fire, were killed inside a shopping plaza in New Jersey Friday, a media report said.

Police shot dead the man suspected of being involved in the shootout inside the Pathmark supermarket on Route 9 in Old Bridge, N.J.

There was a confrontation with the gunman, reported ABC citing WABC-TV.

Law enforcement officials said the three dead included the alleged gunman.

Several employees were inside the store that was preparing to open at 6 a.m. when the shooting took place.

America has witnessed a string of shootings in recent times.

On Aug 14, a shooting incident near the Texas A&M; University campus left three people, including the gunman, dead and four wounded.

That incident came just a week after a white supremacist gunman, Wade Michael Page, killed six worshippers at a Wisconsin gurdwara and less than a month after James Holmes, 24, killed 12 people and wounded 58 during the midnight premiere screening of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado July 20.

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