Elizabeth homicide under investigation

Victim – Carlos Rodriguez

A fatal shooting that took place in Elizabeth over the weekend is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Monday.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Carlos Rodriguez of Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to a report of shots being fired on the 500 block of East Jersey Street shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday found Rodriguez on a sidewalk at that location, according to the preliminary investigation. He was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead early Sunday afternoon.  

This matter remains under active 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 the shooting is being urged to contact Task Force Detective Sonia Rodriguez at 908-341-3380, Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271, or Elizabeth Police Department Detective Carrie Scharpnick at 908-558-2069.

The Union County Crime Stoppers 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) or online at