North Brunswick Man Charged With Fatal Shooting

NEW BRUNSWICK — A North Brunswick man was charged today with fatally shooting a 21-year-old man on a New Brunswick city street last week, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Director Anthony A. Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department announced.

Eduardo H. Escobar-Landaverde, 18, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose in the death on Jan. 9 of Oswaldo Lozada, 21, of North Brunswick.

Escobar-Landaverde was charged at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick, where he is being held on a charge of obstructing police in an unrelated case.

Police in North Brunswick arrested him on Jan. 10, on the obstruction charge, contending he interfered with police during an investigation not related to the murder.

The homicide investigation by Detective Ronoldy Martinez of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, subsequently concluded that Escobar-Landaverde shot Lozada.

Bail has not been set yet on the murder and weapon possession charges.

Lozada was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at 9:51 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The results of an autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the victim was fatally shot.

The homicide investigation began after police received multiple 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired in the vicinity of Louis and Somerset streets in New Brunswick.

Police arrived and found the victim on Louis Street. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Martinez of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5200, or Investigator Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3373.

As will all criminal defendants, Escobar-Landaverde is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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