CLARK — A disagreement between two employees led to a stabbing inside a supermarket on Sunday afternoon as shocked customers watched, officials said.

One of the workers is now facing an attempted murder charge.

Township police said on their Facebook page that they responded to an “altercation” at ShopRite on Central Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

Melissa Prince, 57, of Edison, was charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree aggravated assault, third-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and fourth-degree possession of a weapon. She was being held by township police on Monday pending a first appearance.

Mayor Sal Bonaccorso told New Jersey 101.5 that a long-simmering dispute boiled over.

Prince followed another employee around the store with a knife and then stabbed her repeatedly, he said.

The victim is at University Hospital in Newark in critical but stable condition, according to Clark Townshop police.

Shop Rite in West Windsor
Shop Rite in West Windsor (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

Report: Attack on a longtime employee

A ShopRite employee told RLS Metro Breaking News that as horrified customers watched, the woman used "the largest knife in the deli" and shouted, "You will finally leave me alone today."

The stabbing victim has worked at the store for 24 years, according to RLS.

Police at the store on Sunday told RLS no customers were injured.

Police asked anyone with information about the stabbing to call 732-388-3434.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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