According to Essex County prosecutors, the 59-year-old victim was walking along the 300 block of North 12th Street in Newark when someone shot him. The incident happened during the early morning hours.
Not long after the shooting, the Newark Police Department received a call about shots fired in the area. Police officers were then dispatched to the scene.
Emergency medical responders rushed the victim, who lived in Newark, to nearby University Hospital. Tragically, doctors could not save him; he was pronounced dead just a few hours after arriving at the medical facility.
The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the fatal shooting. At this time, police have yet to identify any suspects in the case.
If investigators can identify and capture a suspect, it is likely that significant criminal charges for murder would follow.
Murder is considered the most serious crime listed in the New Jersey Criminal Code. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is a first degree crime. Although a first degree felony ordinarily carries a penalty of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison, homicide is treated differently; a murder conviction can lead to life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum term of incarceration of 30 years in prison.
This most recent fatal shooting occurred just one week after six homicides occurred in Newark. Police continue to investigate the other fatal shootings.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “59-Year-Old Shot, Killed in Newark, Authorities Say.”