Task Force Investigating 12th Homicide of the Year in Elizabeth

The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating a shooting death that occurred in the city of Elizabeth on Wednesday evening, said Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Around 10:30 p.m. on August 11, 2011 officers responded to the 1000 block of Elizabeth Avenue where they discovered 23-tyear-old Charles Holmes of Linden suffering from gunshot wounds. Holmes was inside a car with several other people who were not injured. The victim was transported to Trinitas Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 10:52 p.m., said Romankow.

The Task Force is examining evidence and continues to take witness statements in an effort to identify a suspect. At this point investigators believe the shooting was gang related. This is the 12th homicide to occur in the city of Elizabeth so far this year.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Union County Crime Stoppers at (908) 654-TIPS or All calls are kept anonymous and tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of a suspect are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.