According to Essex County prosecutors, the deadly shooting occurred during the early morning hours at a Shell gas station on South Orange Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
The 16-year-old victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the shooting.
After the shooting, the victim was transported to nearby University Hospital. Unfortunately, doctors at the medical facility could not save her; she was pronounced dead not long after arriving at the hospital.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Police Department are conducting a joint investigation as they search for the killer.
Police recently released a photograph of the suspect. The photo was taken from surveillance video footage of the scene at the time of the shooting. According to law enforcement, the image shows “the lone shooter fleeing the scene.”
If police can eventually identify and locate the suspect, he would likely be subject to the most severe criminal penalties in the New Jersey 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 lead to life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 30 years in NJ State Prison.
Newark police have asked for the public’s help in identifying the shooter. Anyone with information about the suspect or the deadly shooting should get in touch with investigators at 877-847-7432.
For more information about this case, view NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Looking for Suspect in Fatal Shooting of 16-Year-Old at Newark Gas Station.”