The violent incident occurred during the late afternoon hours, while there was still daylight outside. According to Newark law enforcement, a suspect stole the victim’s car in the area of Bergen Street and 14th Avenue in Newark, NJ.
Essex County prosecutors have not yet confirmed that the fatal shooting occurred during a carjacking, but at least one official has spoken off the record and said that the homicide victim was murdered by a suspect who was in the process of stealing the victim’s motor vehicle.
At the time of the tragic shooting incident, there was a small child in the backseat of the car. Thankfully, the child did not suffer any injuries as a result of the shooting.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Task Force is currently looking into the homicide and trying to figure out exactly what happened. If investigators can eventually determine the identity of the suspect, that person would likely face criminal charges for first degree murder. A conviction on first degree murder charges could lead to life imprisonment in NJ State Prison, with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 30 years.
This was actually the second fatal shooting during a carjacking in NJ over a two-day period. According to authorities, someone else was shot and killed by a carjacker in Penns Grove, New Jersey one day earlier.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Fatally Shot in Newark Carjacking.”