Public’s assistance sought in identifying suspect in Elizabeth homicide

Investigators are seeking assistance from the public in identifying a suspect in a fatal shooting that occurred two months ago in Elizabeth, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

The shooting took place at approximately 10:10 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14.  Police and emergency medical personnel rushed to the 200 block of Pine Street in the city’s Elizabethport section at that time to find 39-year-old Alonso Gordon of Elizabeth suffering from gunshot wounds.

Gordon had been sitting on the front steps of a building when an unidentified suspect approached and fired a handgun at him at close range. He was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department uncovered two sources of surveillance video footage that appears to depict the shooter rounding a street corner near the site of the homicide seconds before shots rang out, according to Union County Homicide Task Force Supervisor Michael Henn, who is prosecuting the case. The suspect is dressed in what appears to be a black hooded sweatshirt and dark pants, and he is also wearing beige boots and a belt with a large, metallic buckle. 

Investigators are urging anyone who was in the area immediately before or after the time of the shooting to think back to that night and recall any suspicious activity they may have witnessed. The night of October 14 was unseasonably warm and humid, with temperatures in the low 70s at around 10 p.m., humidity levels around 85 percent, and overcast skies. 

Anyone with information on this matter is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271. The Union County Crime Stoppers also are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” and a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at