Police are looking into the murder of a man at a housing project in Newark, New Jersey.
According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, a local man was fatally shot at the Stephen Crane Village housing complex. The housing project is located off of North 6th Street in the North Ward of Newark, NJ.
The shooting occurred in during the afternoon and in broad daylight. The Newark Police Department got a call about the shooting. When police officers showed up at the scene, they saw the victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
Newark police officers searched the area and looked between several low-rise buildings in the sprawling housing complex. However, police officers did not locate the shooter. The search reportedly took several hours.
Law enforcement did not initially release a lot of information about the victim or the shooting. A spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the victim was male, but did not provide much other information for the media. The prosecutor’s office later said that the victim was a 32-year-old man who resided in Newark, New Jersey.
Authorities said that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing, with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes and Homicide Task Force actively investigating the homicide. At this time, no arrests have been made. Moreover, it is unclear if police have identified a suspect or a motive.
If a suspect is eventually identified and captured, they would face significant criminal penalties. That’s because murder is the most serious criminal offense in the NJ Criminal Code. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is a first degree felony. A conviction for first degree murder could potentially result in life imprisonment. Additionally, the crime carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
According to Newark officials, this recent shooting was the 25th homicide in Newark NJ so far this year.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man Killed in Broad Daylight Shooting at Newark Housing Project.”