Elizabeth homicide under investigation

A homicide that took place in Elizabeth Sunday is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, Elizabeth Police Director Earl Graves and Elizabeth Police Chief Giacomo Sacca jointly announced Tuesday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 24 year-old Lamar Turner of West Orange.

Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the 200 block of North Broad Street at approximately 3:00 a.m. Sunday in response to a report of gunshots in the area and found Turner at that location, having sustained a fatal gunshot injury, according to the preliminary investigation. A second gunshot victim, a 21 year-old female who sustained non-life threatening injuries, was located a short distance away on Julian Place and subsequently transported to University Hospital to be treated for her wounds.

The investigation into the shooting is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department and assisted by members of the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit and the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sergeant Filipe Afonso at (908) 603-7116, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Kenneth Luongo at (908) 347-1935, or Elizabeth Police Department Detective James Szpond at (908) 558-2041.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $10,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.