OFFICE OF THE
UNION COUNTY
PROSECUTOR
FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Immediately 

Andrew K. RuOTOLO, JR. Justice CENTER
32 Rahway Avenue, elizabeth, NJ 07202

908-527-4500    ucpo@ucnj.org
Lyndsay V. Ruotolo
Acting Prosecutor

Press Release

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2012

The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department are investigating the shooting death of a city resident that occurred last night, announced Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Police were called to a gas station at the intersection of Pine and Third Street around 10p.m. yesterday evening. There they discovered Jose R. Garcia DOB: 7-29-1992 of Stiles Street, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Trinitas Hospital where he underwent surgery. He died around 1:30 p.m. today.

This remains an active investigation and detectives continue to examine evidence and take statements from potential witnesses. No arrests have been made thus far, and a motive for the shooting has not been established at this time, said Romankow. This is the county’s fifth homicide for the year and the third in Elizabeth.

Anyone with information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for Jose Garcia’s death is eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000. Anonymous calls to Union County Crime Stoppers may be placed to  (908) 654-TIPS or online at www.uctip.org <http://www.uctip.org> .

Additional updates will be released as they become available.