According to law enforcement, the 49-year-old suspect got into an argument with his 27-year-old son about an allegedly stolen cell phone. The suspect’s son claimed that his father had taken his phone without permission.
The cell phone led to a dispute between the two of them while the son was speaking with another man near 1060 Broad Street. According to the son, his father drove by in a Nissan Maxima and then stopped the vehicle.
At one point during the argument, the suspect allegedly flashed a revolver. The suspect then allegedly fired a shot at the victim, hitting him in the right side of his chest.
The son was rushed to nearby University Hospital, where he received medical treatment for his wounds. Thankfully, he survived the shooting.
Meanwhile, the suspect reportedly fled east on Pennington Street.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the assault charges, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who causes bodily injury with a deadly weapon can potentially be charged with second degree aggravated assault. A conviction on second degree assault charges could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Newark Man Charged with Shooting Son in Chest During Argument over Cell Phone.”