Fatal Elizabeth shooting under investigation

A shooting that left an Elizabeth man dead this morning is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 61-year-old Robert Rouse.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the area of Walnut and Anna streets in Elizabeth early Monday morning to find Rouse, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

This incident is now under joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Juan Velarde at 908-418-7066.

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