The 28-year-old victim was murdered while working alone at Roseway Liquors and Deli, which is located at 701 Lyons Avenue. The business is owned by the father of the victim.
The shooting occurred inside the store sometime before 4 pm.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
Emergency medical responders were unable to save the victim, who was pronounced dead a short time after police got to the scene.
Investigators have not yet identified a motive for the killing. Additionally, investigators are not sure if the shooting was connected to a robbery attempt.
While the investigation is ongoing, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office has announced a $5,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest in the case. The cash reward is being offered as part of the Essex County Crime Stoppers program.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Essex County detectives at 973-621-4237 or the Essex County Prosecutor’s Tip Line at 877-847-7432.
If Essex County detectives are eventually able to identify the suspect, it is likely that criminal charges for homicide would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is classified as a first degree felony. Although first degree crimes typically carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in NJ State Prison, the New Jersey Criminal Code imposes a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for first degree murder. Additionally, a homicide conviction carries a minimum sentence of 30 years in state prison.
The loss of the victim will certainly be felt in the Irvington community. Multiple family members and friends of the victim noted that he was a hardworking individual and that he was dedicated to his craft.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Ask for Help Solving Murder of Man Gunned Down in Family’s Irvington Business.”