Union homicide under investigation

At approximately 6:39 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2022, Union Police Officers responded to the 2000 block of Morris Avenue in Union after reports of gunshots in the area. Upon their arrival they located a male victim, Emmanuelle Florestal, 22, of Irvington, who suffered gunshot wounds. He was transported to University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

At this point, there is no indication that this incident is related to a previous shooting that took place in Union the day before.  The Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and the Union Police Department are actively investigating both cases. 

Anyone with information regarding the shooting on Saturday night or the homicide on Sunday should contact Sergeant Lamar Hartfield at 908-451-1873, Detective Melvin Rogers 908-259-2030 or Union Police Department’s Detective Christopher Connors at 908-851-5066.

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.