Four indicted for fatal shooting outside Elizabeth restaurant

A Union County grand jury has returned indictments against the four Middlesex County relatives charged in connection with a late-night fatal shooting outside an Elizabeth restaurant earlier this year, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Monday.

Tyquan Fuqua, 23, and Almalik Fuqua, 27, both of New Brunswick, as well as Allan Blackburn, 29, and Derek Fuqua, 40, both of Milltown, all are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and three related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 30-year-old Tyrone Osorio of East Brunswick.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to a report of a shooting on the 500 block of Elizabeth Avenue at approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 14, 2018 found Osorio there suffering from gunshot wounds, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert, who is prosecuting the case. Osorio was transported to University Hospital in Newark for emergency surgery, but was pronounced dead there at approximately 4:45 p.m. the next day, Ruppert said.

A 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 resulted in the four defendants being identified as suspects in the case. They all were arrested without incident by Prosecutor’s Office detectives several days after the shooting, with members of the Elizabeth and New Brunswick police departments assisting.

Anyone with information about this matter still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Lt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Melissa Plum at 908-418-2817.

Convictions on criminal charges of this nature are commonly punishable by terms of up to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.