🔴 Police were called to PSE&G's Somerset Central Division Headquarters on Weston Canal Road around 7 a.m.

🔴 Russell D. Heller, 51, was pronounced dead in the PSE&G parking lot. Gunman Gary T. Curtis, 58, was found 4 miles away at TD Bank Ballpark

🔴 A motive for the shooting was not disclosed

FRANKLIN (Somerset) — A worker was shot dead Wednesday morning at PSE&G's offices by a former employee who took his own life.

Investigators identified the gunman as Gary T. Curtis, age 58, of Washington, a former employee of the utility.

The victim was identified as Russell D. Heller, age 51, Milford, who was employed at the PSE&G Somerset Central Division Headquarters on Weston Canal Road.

Investigators said Curtis approached Heller in the lot and shot him outside his vehicle.

Map showing locations of PSE&G and TD Bank Ballpark (Canva)
Map showing locations of PSE&G and TD Bank Ballpark (Canva)

Gunman went to TD Bank Ballpark

Police responded to 911 calls at 7:02 a.m. reporting a shooting in the parking lot. Heller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators tracked Curtis to a parking lot in Bridgewater at 10:20 a.m. Curtis, who had apparently shot himself in his car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

ABC 7 Eyewitness News reported the shooter wound up at TD Bank Ballpark just off Route 287 about 4 miles away.

Authorities did not say if they knew what motivated the shooter. RLS Metro Breaking News citing an unnamed source reported the dispute between the two men originated with a "hostile work environment"  that existed when Curtis worked for PSE&G. The report did not offer further explanation.

Condolences for a longtime employee

Gov. Phil Murphy offered his condolences in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Russell Heller's family and friends in the wake of this tragic act of gun violence," the governor tweeted.

In a statement PSE&G  spokeswoman Rebecca Mazzarella said the utility was "heartbroken" about Heller's death.

"He will be sorely missed by all and our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. This event is tragic and disturbing and we are offering support to our employees as they process this," Mazzarella said, describing him as an "admired employee."

Heller was a senior distribution supervisor at PSE&G for over 11 years.

Mazzarella said the utility is cooperating with the investigation.

Gary T. Curtis
Gary T. Curtis (Somerset County Prosecutor's Office)

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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