According to authorities, the 22-year-old victim was walking on the 700 block of Springfield Avenue during the afternoon when he was shot multiple times.
The victim was taken to University Hospital in Newark NJ, where he was later pronounced dead.
The identity of the shooting victim was not initially released to the media. However, authorities later revealed that the victim was a 22-year-old resident of Irvington Township.
The homicide is the eighth murder in Irvington this year. The rise in violent crimes in the township has already led the local police department to form a special task force to investigate shootings.
Irvington police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Homicide Task Force are currently investigating the most recent homicide.
At this time, no arrests have been made. However, police said that witnesses saw two men fleeing the scene in a white SUV. Additionally, police officers found .38-caliber shell casings and .45-caliber shell casings near the body at the scene.
If the suspects in the case are identified and apprehended, they could face significant charges. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, homicide is classified as a first degree criminal offense. Moreover, while first degree felonies typically carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in NJ State Prison, homicide is treated differently; a first degree murder conviction may result in a sentence of between 30 years and life in NJ State Prison.
Authorities have asked that anyone with information about the shooting please call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office confidential tip line at 877-847-7432.
For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man Gunned Down on Irvington Street Identified as 22-Year-Old Township Man.”