Carteret Man Killed Outside His Home

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CARTERET – A borough man was shot and killed outside his home last night, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Carteret Police Chief John Pieczyski announced today. A 17-year-old was also wounded outside the homicide victim’s home.

Devon Mbachu, 19, of Lowell Street in Carteret, was pronounced dead at 12:45 a.m. today at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway. The 17-year-old, whose identity is being withheld by authorities, was taken to University Hospital in Newark where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound and was released.

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Detective Sgt. Raymond Novak and Detective Larissa Berrios, both of the Carteret Police Department, and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office began an investigation after police were alerted to the shooting by a 911 call at 11:52 p.m.  Police arrived to find the two victims outside the Lowell Street home.

An autopsy performed today by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Mbachu died from a gunshot wound and that the manner of death was homicide.

The investigation is continuing. Authorities are asking anyone with information about the shootings to call Detective Sgt. Novak, or Detective Berrios of the Carteret Police Department at 1-732-541-4181, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4471.


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