A gunman shot and killed the son of a federal judge overseeing a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank linked to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
The FBI on Sunday said it was investigating the shooting at the New Jersey home of Judge Esther Salas, which also resulted in injuries to her husband.
Last week Judge Salas, who was not hurt in the assault, had been assigned to oversee a lawsuit filed by investors against Deutsche Bank. They alleged that the bank had made false and misleading statements with regards to its anti-money laundering practices and had improperly monitored high-risk customers including the late Epstein.
Authorities have not linked the shooting to the Deutsche Bank case. The FBI did not offer any motive for the attack but said it was looking for “one subject” in the case.
“Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act,” Phil Murphy, the governor of New Jersey, wrote on Twitter.
According to CNN, the gunman was disguised as a FedEx delivery driver, and opened fire as the door of the home was opened. Daniel Anderl, Ms Salas’ 20-year-old son, was fatally struck. Mark Anderl, a criminal defence attorney, was taken to hospital near their home in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
Bob Menendez, the Democratic senator from New Jersey, said he knew Judge Salas and her husband well and had been “proud” to recommend her to Barack Obama for the judicial post, which she took up nine years ago.
“My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice,” Mr Menendez added.
During her time on the federal bench, Judge Salas presided over a fraud trial that resulted in the convictions of Teresa Giudice, a reality television star and a member of the cast of Real Housewives of New Jersey, and her husband Joe Giudice.
This month, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay a $150m fine for compliance failures in its dealings with Epstein, a convicted sex offender, as well as Danske Bank Estonia and FBME Bank.
Linda Lacewell, the New York superintendent of financial services, said: “Despite knowing Mr Epstein’s terrible criminal history, the bank inexcusably failed to detect or prevent millions of dollars of suspicious transactions.”
A few days later, plaintiffs led by Ali Karimi filed the lawsuit that is being overseen by Judge Salas.