Newark New Jersey police are looking into the recent shooting death of a person outside a gas station.
According to Essex County NJ prosecutors, the fatal shooting occurred around 4:20 p.m. at Power Gas Station on the 400 block of West Market Street in Newark, NJ.
The Newark Police Department got a call about gunshots being fired at the gas station and sent officers to the scene. When police officers arrived in the area, they found the victim lying on the ground and having sustained a gunshot wound.
The victim was transported to nearby University Hospital so that he could receive medical treatment. Tragically, doctors at the medical facility were unable to save the victim; he was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later.
Officials later said that the homicide victim was a 47-year-old Iselin NJ man.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Task Force and the Newark Police Department are working together on a joint investigation into the fatal shooting. Authorities have yet to determine the identity of the shooter or figure out a motive for the killing.
If police can eventually identify and apprehend the shooter, that person would likely be subject to criminal charges for first degree murder and various weapons offenses. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is considered the most serious crime in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction for first degree murder could result in life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory penalty of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Newark Gas Station Owner ID’d as Victim in Fatal Shooting.”