Elizabeth homicide under investigation

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a man found dead in Elizabeth Wednesday evening, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

The shooting victim, a Hispanic male believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, has yet to be identified.

Police responding to a 911 call indicating the discovery of a body rushed to the area of Court and 4th streets shortly after 6 p.m. on Wednesday to discover the victim in the area between the New Jersey Turnpike overpass and the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks. A joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department was subsequently initiated.

An autopsy of the victim was scheduled to take place Thursday. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Kevin Grimmer at 908-447-3777 or Detective Robert Henderson at 908-347-2686.

The Union County Crime Stoppers also are offering a reward of up to $10,000 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” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at