Police Investigating Carteret Teen’s Death

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CARTERET — Authorities are actively investigating the death of a 17-year-old who was shot near the Carteret library Wednesday afternoon, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Carteret Police Chief John Pieczyski announced today.

Malcolm Harvey, 17, of Carteret was pronounced dead at 7:46 p.m. last night at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, where he was taken after Carteret police officers found him lying on the sidewalk, near the entrance to the library. The library is located on Pershing Avenue, about two blocks from where the victim lived.

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Police were alerted to the shooting by a 911 call that was placed at 5:57 p.m. on Feb. 16.

An investigation by Sgt. Raymond Novak and Detective Larissa Lilavois, both of the Carteret Police Department, and Investigator Scott Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Harvey was shot on Pershing Avenue, about 50 yards away from the library. The victim walked toward the library before he fell to the sidewalk, authorities said.

An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office subsequently concluded that the teenager was the victim of a homicide and that he died from a gunshot wound.

Authorities said that no arrests have been made, but the investigation is continuing.

Officials are asking anyone with information about the case to call Sgt. Novak at 1-732-541-3814, Detective Lilavois at 1-732-541-3858, or Investigator Crocco at 1-732-745-4471.


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