Elizabeth homicide under investigation

A fatal shooting that took place in an Elizabeth hotel parking lot last night is under active investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Elizabeth Police Department Chief Giacomo Sacca and Director Earl Graves jointly announced Saturday.

The victim has been identified as 26-year-old Patrick Shukla.

Shortly before midnight, during the late hours of Friday, November 6, members of the Elizabeth Police Department responded to the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson on International Boulevard in Elizabeth and found Shukla at that location, having sustained serious injury, according to the preliminary investigation.

Shukla was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

This investigation is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the 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 Elizabeth Police Detective Carrie Scharpnick at 908-558-2069, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sean Holcomb at 908-358-8377, or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at