Newark New Jersey police are looking into the city’s final homicide of 2015.
According to Essex County prosecutors, the fatal shooting happened around the intersection of Camden Street and 13th Avenue in Newark, NJ around 5:30 p.m. on the last day of the year, December 31, 2015.
The Newark Police Department got an emergency call about gunshots fired in the area. When Newark police officers showed up at the scene, they discovered the victim lying unresponsive in the street.
Although police found the victim’s body near University Hospital in Newark, it was too late for emergency medical responders or doctors to save the victim; he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials later identified the shooting victim as a 26-year-old local man. When the shooting occurred, a number of churches and other houses of worship in the neighborhood were preparing New Year’s Eve religious services.
Detectives with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and officers with the Newark Police Department are conducting a joint investigation to identify a suspect in the homicide.
If investigators are able to figure out who was responsible for the killing and apprehend them, criminal charges for murder would probably follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is a first degree felony that carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment in NJ State Prison and a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 30 years.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigating Fatal Newark Shooting.”