According to authorities, the 21-year-old victim was gunned down in the city’s South Ward.
The victim, who lives in Irvington NJ, was walking on the 700 block of South 18th Street when he was shot and killed. The incident occurred just before midnight.
When Newark NJ police arrived at the scene, the victim was already dead. He was officially pronounced dead by medical examiners a short time later.
The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are actively investigating the shooting. At this time, police have not indicated if they’ve identified any potential suspects in the case. Additionally, police have not said whether they’ve identified a motive for the killing.
If a suspect is identified, they would be subject to significant penalties. That’s because first degree murder is the most serious crime in the New Jersey Criminal Code. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, homicide convictions are punishable by life imprisonment in NJ State Prison. Moreover, the minimum mandatory sentence for a first degree murder conviction is 30 years in state prison.
This most recent killing is the 10th murder in Newark so far this year.
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to get in touch with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force at 877-847-7432.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Irvington Man, 21, Shot and Killed in Newark’s South Ward.”