Authorities announced that a male human rights lawyer had shot and killed a colleague in California in the days before he attacked the family of a federal judge in New Jersey and died of suicide.
Roy Den Hollander, 72, was found dead by a self-shot shot, a day after the ambush that killed the son of 20-year-old US District Judge Esther Salas and wounded her husband. Salas was in another part of the house and was not injured.
Investigators said they had evidence linking the New Jersey shooting incident to the death of lawyer Mark Angelucci in San Bernardino County, California. Dean Hollander and Angelucci, 52, have participated in separate federal lawsuits seeking to compel the United States government to require all young women to join the men in registering for a possible military draft.
Den Hollander, who filed in 2015 on behalf of a woman in New Jersey, was brought to Salas. He withdrew as a lawyer in the case a year ago after being diagnosed with cancer.
When he died, Den Hollander had elements relating to both Salas and New York State Court Chair Janet M. DeFiori. He also had a printed document containing information about a dozen or so women, some of whom were female judges, two sources with first-hand knowledge of the material they told The Associated Press. Three judges known to be on the list declined to comment or did not reply to requests for comment.
The county warden’s office said in a press release that Dean Hollander arrived in California at a train station in San Bernardino in and rented a car. The authorities released a photo of a man wearing a mask at the train station, carrying things away from a food platform.
Den Hollander drove the rental car to Angelucci, where he was shot and killed, officials said. Dean Hollander drove away and took a train from California from Union Station in Los Angeles. A photo at the station showing a masked man again carrying a bag.
It was not immediately clear if Dean Hollander was taking a train across the country, and if the same rifle was used for shooting and suicide.
A law enforcement official earlier said that in both the California and New Jersey attacks, the suspect appeared to be standing as a delivery driver. The official could not publicly discuss an ongoing investigation and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Den Hollander described himself as an “anti-feminist” lawyer who filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of “women’s night” promotions in bars and nightclubs, filing a lawsuit against Columbia University for providing lessons in women’s studies, and suing news organizations over what he said was biased coverage.
In more than 2,000 pages of racist writings, often hatred of women published on the Internet, Den Hollander has been highly critical of Salas and other judges. He also wrote about his desire to use the rest of his time on the ground “to the point” with his perceived enemies, using “cowboy justice”.