The Union County Prosecutor’s Office
32 Rahway Avenue   Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Theodore J. Romankow

May 29, 2010

Contact: John Holl
(908) 527-4621

Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating shooting in Elizabeth


The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the apparent shooting death of two people that occurred outside an Elizabeth, NJ bar earlier this morning, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

According to preliminary information, police were called to a parking lot on the 600 block of Elizabeth Avenue around 4 a.m. because of a large fight in progress and reports of shots fired, said Romankow. When they arrived, officers discovered Luis Mesa, 30, of Elizabeth and Daniel Torres, 27, of Elizabeth in the parking lot, suffering from gunshot wounds, said Romankow.

The victims were pronounced dead at the scene at 4:20 a.m. and an autopsy is scheduled for later today. Others who were at the scene were taken to local hospitals for injuries relating to the fight, but there are no additional reports of victims with gunshot wounds, said Romankow.

This is a very new and very active investigation and there is no information related to motive. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact Det. Steven Francisco at 908-527-4168.


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