Elizabeth homicide under investigation

The fatal shooting of an Elizabeth man in a public housing complex Monday night is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Tuesday.

The victim has been identified as Michael Thompkins, 29.

It was shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday when Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the Oakwood Plaza housing complex on Parker Road to find Thompkins, who had been shot multiple times in a second-floor hallway of one of the complex’s buildings. He was rushed to Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The shooting is currently under joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department.  Anyone with information about the death of Mr. Thompkins is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Joe Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective William Bizub at 908-418-2817

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