According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the 59-year-old victim was walking on the 300 block of North 12th Street in Newark NJ when someone shot him. The incident occurred during the early morning hours.
Shortly after the shooting, someone notified local police of gunshots. Police officers were quickly dispatched to the area.
Emergency medical responders transported the victim, who was from Newark, to nearby University Hospital. Unfortunately, doctors were unable to save him; he was pronounced dead a few hours after the shooting.
The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are actively investigating the fatal shooting. At this time, police have not identified any suspects nor made any arrests in the case.
If investigators are eventually able to identify and apprehend a suspect, it is likely that serious criminal charges for murder would follow.
Murder is the most serious crime listed in the NJ Criminal Code. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is classified as a first degree felony. Although a first degree crime typically carries a penalty of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison, homicide is treated differently; a murder conviction can result in life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum term of incarceration of 30 years in state prison.
This most recent shooting happened just one week after six murders occurred in Newark. Police are still investigating the other fatal shootings.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “59-Year-Old Shot, Killed in Newark, Authorities Say.”