NEW JERSEY – A deranged ex-Marine fired off menacing Twitter blasts about killing colleagues three years before gunning down two helpless co-workers in a New Jersey supermarket aisle.
The twisted tweets from Terence Tyler, 23, contained references to O.J. Simpson and Adolf Hitler, mentioned his growing paranoia — and noted his preference for the desert fatigues worn on his shooting spree.
“Is it normal to want to kill ALL of ur coworkers?” Tyler wrote in one chilling 2009 tweet. “Maybe but I’m actually in a position where I can.”
In another message, Tyler — stationed in California just 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 ‘kill everyone I see button,’ ” he wrote on Oct. 7, 2009.
The simmering anger exploded with the Friday morning double murder-suicide inside the Pathmark in Old Bridge, N.J., where Tyler started working less than two weeks ago.
The Brooklyn native was on the graveyard shift when he left the store, went home and returned with murder on his mind and an assault rifle in his hands.
The decorated former Marine rifleman gunned down Cristina LoBrutto, 18, and Bryan Breen, 24, in an aisle at the nearly empty store. LoBrutto, who moved to New Jersey from Brooklyn, was also a victim of cruel fate: She was working a friend’s shift instead of sleeping.
Deranged killer Terence Tyler started working at the Pathmark in Old Bridge, N.J., less than two weeks ago.
Tyler, after squeezing off 16 shots from an assault weapon, pulled a handgun and killed himself to end the 4 a.m. carnage, authorities said. Thirteen lucky co-workers escaped the unprovoked assault.
Thirty minutes earlier, the loner was stocking shelves as workers hustled to get the store ready for its 6 a.m. opening.
Mourners arrived at the store Saturday to remember the two slain victims, gunned down by a killer who never said a word.
Boyka Hristova wept outside the crime scene tape that still blocked the parking lot. She worked in the deli department with Breen, who always knew how to brighten her mood.
“He said, ‘You need a big hug,’ ” recalled Hristova, 57, whose daughter went to high school with LoBrutto. “They were beautiful children. Always helping each customer. Always helping each other.”
Breen’s shocked family asked in a statement for privacy to mourn their “bright, vibrant and loving son.”
The shooter’s family said Tyler battled depression for years after his mother died in 2007. The killings came just three days before the anniversary of her birthday.
One of Tyler’s tweets dealt with his troubled mental health.
“I’m parinoid . . . it’s good and bad cuz nobody will eva catch me slipping but the constant state of alertness is drivin me insane,” he wrote on Oct. 13, 2009.
The messages of 140 characters or less all came while he was on the West Coast after his 2008 enlistment. He served in the Marine Corps for nearly two years, and family members said Tyler’s discharge was related to his ongoing depression.
A pre-Halloween post in 2009 suggested that Tyler was pondering an unusual costume.
“I’m was thinkin about being OJ Simpson for Halloween, get his jersey with the throwback glove,” he wrote.
Another post praised Hitler as “one of the greatest military minds.”
Tyler also commented that he looked better in the Marines’ desert camouflage outfits than in regular greens. The killer donned the desert fatigues before shooting up the Pathmark.
The loner was dead in the supermarket on Route 9 before cops arrived at the scene.
Tyler’s Twitter page also included a question that was finally answered early Friday morning: “Am I crazy or is everybody else?”