According to authorities, the shooting occurred around midnight near the intersection of Chancellor Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue.
A spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said that the Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force was currently investigating the murder.
At this time, authorities have not released any information about the victim’s identity. Additionally, police have not yet identified any suspects in the shooting.
The recent incident marks the 15th homicide in Irvington so far this year. According to data released by the FBI, there were a total of 17 homicides in Irvington during the entirety of 2013.
Worse yet, the recent death represented the fifth homicide in Irvington within a 10-day period. According to police, nearly all of the fatalities involved young victims. Additionally, one of the earlier shootings occurred near the intersection of Chancellor Avenue and Osborne Place, just 10 blocks from the latest shooting death.
Irvington police have yet to make any arrests in the recent shootings.
If any suspects are identified and eventually apprehended, they could face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, homicide is classified as a first degree criminal offense. Although first degree felonies are typically punishable by a sentence of 10–20 years in New Jersey State Prison, the New Jersey Criminal Code treats homicide differently; anyone who is convicted of first degree homicide can be sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum sentence of 30 years.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigating Irvington’s Fifth Murder in 10 Days.”