Newark New Jersey police recently arrested a man suspected of shooting, and killing, two people in Orange NJ last month.
The fatal shooting incident occurred on November 3, 2016. The homicide victims included a one-year-old boy and his 21-year-old uncle, while the child’s father was also injured in the violent attack.
A 16-year-old boy was also present during the assault. He told Orange detectives that a masked gunman used a handgun to shoot at the family as they walked on the street outside their home. The suspect then allegedly followed the victims inside their house and continued shooting at them.
The Orange Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the murders and identified the suspect as a 28-year-old man who lives in Maplewood, New Jersey. The suspect was later placed under arrest by Newark patrol officers following an unrelated traffic stop.
The suspect faces charges for first degree murder and aggravated assault. If he is ultimately convicted of murder, he could potentially spend the rest of his life behind bars. That’s because murder is the most serious crime listed in the NJ Criminal Code and, unlike other first degree crimes, carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Additionally, the minimum penalty for a murder conviction in New Jersey is 30 years in prison.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark, NJ. He was being held there on a massive $1 million bail amount.
For additional information about this case, read the NBCNewYork.com article, “Man Arrested in NJ Murder of 1-Year-Old, 21-Year-Old.”