Rutgers - Newark student killed, alumnus injured in double shooting


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A Rutgers—Newark student was fatally shot at his off-campus apartment on Central Avenue in Newark Sunday night, said Carolyn Murray, Essex County Prosecutor and Anthony Ambrose, Newark Public Safety Director in a press release.

The victim who was killed was identified as Shani Patel, 21, of Toms River, according to the press release. The second victim, his roommate and a recent Rutgers graduate was shot and is in critical condition. His name has not yet been released.

Emergency medical personnel pronounced Patel dead at the scene, according to the press release. The second victim was taken to University Hospital and is undergoing surgery.

There are currently no suspects and no arrests made, according to the press release.

The shooting was not random and there are no threats to the University, school officials said, according to CBS.

The incident remains under active investigation by the Newark and Rutgers police departments as well as the Essex County Prosecutors Office, according to the article.

The Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crimestoppers Program will award up to $10,000 for information regarding suspects and arrests. People with information can call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office at (877) 847-7432.


Noa Halff

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