The 23-year-old victim was shot after leaving a house party in the Eastside neighborhood of Paterson. By the time police officers found him lying outside a house on the 500 block of 14th Avenue, he was already dead.
According to authorities, two people were involved in the fatal shooting. It is believed that both suspects attended the house party.
Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect in August; he was later charged in connection with the shooting.
Police searched for the other suspect for several months. At one point, the Paterson Police Department released a photo of the suspect and called on the public to contact investigators with any information about his location.
Paterson detectives eventually tracked down the adult suspect in an abandoned building in Orange NJ, where he was apparently living among squatters.
At this time, investigators have not determined if there was a motive for the shooting.
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, homicide is a first degree criminal offense. Although first degree criminal offenses are typically punishable by a maximum of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison, homicide is treated differently; anyone convicted of first degree homicide faces a potential life sentence.
To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Accused in Paterson Slaying Captured in Orange, Police Say.”