Newark NJ authorities were searching for the man accused of fatally shooting a clerk at a local bodega.
The shooting occurred shortly before 9:00 a.m. at Dalbert Grocery, a grocery store located at 277 Runyon Street in Newark, New Jersey. According to law enforcement, someone walked into the grocery store and used a firearm to shoot and kill the victim. The suspect then reportedly grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and ran out of the store.
The victim was rushed via ambulance to nearby University Hospital. Tragically, doctors at the medical facility could not save the victim’s life. The victim was 55 years of age when he died as a result of his gunshot wounds.
Local residents spoke with investigators and members of the media and said that they had no idea why the victim would have been targeted in the shooting.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has indicated that the killing occurred during the commission of a robbery. However, investigators have not yet conclusively determined that the suspect’s primary motive for the homicide was related to the theft. Newark NJ police officers and Essex County Prosecutor’s Office detectives are currently working together to investigate the fatal shooting.
If and when the person responsible for the homicide is apprehended, he would likely face criminal charges for first degree murder. A conviction on first degree murder charges could lead to severe penalties that include life imprisonment in New Jersey State Prison. Moreover, the NJ Criminal Code stipulates that anyone convicted of first degree murder must serve a minimum mandatory sentence of 30 years behind bars.
To learn more about this case, read the New Jersey News 12 article, “Police Search for Gunmen Who Killed Bodega Clerk in Newark.”