The murder occurred around 9:00 p.m. Law enforcement discovered the victim after receiving a report of gunshots fired near the 200 block of Jeliff Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
The victim is a 21-year-old male who lived in Newark, NJ.
According to a statement released by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the victim was rushed to nearby University Hospital with serious gunshot wounds. Tragically, doctors were unable to save the victim; he was pronounced dead roughly two hours after the shooting.
The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are conducting a joint investigation into the fatal shooting.
At this time, Newark investigators have yet to identify a suspect in the case. Authorities also do not yet know if there was a motive for the killing.
If police are eventually able to identify and apprehend the suspect, the offender would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is the most serious crime in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction for first degree murder could lead to life imprisonment in state prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years.
The recent shooting is the 69th homicide to occur in Newark so far this year.
Investigators are asking for the public’s help in solving this killing. Anyone who has information about the shooting or the suspect should call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 877-847-7432.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigate Fatal Shooting of 21-Year-Old Newark Man.”