Fatal shooting under investigation in Hillside

The fatal shooting of an Essex County man in Hillside last night is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo announced Monday.

The victim has been identified as Rafee H. Carter, 27, of Newark.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, Hillside Police Department patrol units responded to a report of a shooting on the 1400 block of Center Street, where they found Carter, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to the preliminary investigation. He was subsequently transported to Newark’s University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

This matter remains under active joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Hillside Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Sonia Rodriguez at 908-341-3380.

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