A local man has been arrested and criminally charged in connection with a shooting that took place Monday morning in Elizabeth, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Thursday.
Cecil Z. Lebron, 38, of Elizabeth is charged with second-degree aggravated assault and three related second-degree weapons offenses.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on Monday, May 13, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units were dispatched to the 400 block of Irvington Avenue on a report of shots being fired and found a single adult male victim who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to the preliminary investigation. The victim was rushed to University Hospital in Newark, where he underwent surgery and was subsequently listed in stable condition.
The investigation, conducted by the Elizabeth Police Department, revealed that Lebron allegedly approached the victim in a parking lot as he exited a vehicle, shoved him, and then produced a .40-caliber handgun and shot him multiple times before leaving the scene on foot through a parking lot. En route to an acquaintance’s home nearby, Lebron allegedly discarded the weapon used in the shooting in a rear lot of a home on the 600 block of Willow Court, where it was later recovered by investigators.
Lebron turned himself in at Elizabeth Police Department headquarters the day after the shooting, and he was then lodged in Union County Jail pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Superior Court.
Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.