WOODBRIDGE – Police arrested two 17-year-old boys in connection with Tuesday’s shooting in Fords that left a 29-year-old Keyport man dead and his sister wounded, authorities said yesterday.
Officials did not release the names of either suspect because they are juveniles, though one is from Woodbridge and the other is from Perth Amboy. They were arrested late Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension, according to Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Nicholas Sewitch.
Police are still looking for additional suspects and did not say whether either of the teens is accused of actually firing the shots that killed Angel Vasquez, and left his sister Lourdes Diaz, 43, critically injured.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired at a first-floor apartment on Ryan Street that belongs to Diaz at 9:28 p.m. on Tuesday. They found the victims bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds.
The victims were taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, authorities said. Vasquez was pronounced dead at approximately 10:40 p.m. on Aug. 18, while Diaz was admitted in critical condition, authorities said.
The police are investigating the possibility that the shooting was gang-related, according to Sewitch, but authorities have not commented on a motive.
Once the police investigation into the shooting has been completed, the prosecutor’s office will determine whether to pursue charges against the suspects as adults.
Authorities ask that anybody with information call Investigator Paul Miller of the prosecutor’s office at (732) 745-4466, or Woodbridge police Detective Thomas Dellasala at (732) 634-7700.
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