ROSELLE — The Union County Homicide Task Force and Roselle Police Department are investigating the shooting death of a 17-year-old that occurred Monday morning in Roselle, Union County First Assistant Prosecutor Albert Cernadas, Jr. announced.
The victim has been identified as Damel Mitchell of Roselle. Police were called to the Sylvester Land Field before 11 a.m. on reports of a person shot. Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:12 a.m., said Cernadas.
Detectives worked throughout the day to examine evidence and interview potential witnesses, said Cernadas. No arrests had been made by Monday afternoon and investigators were working to establish a motive for the shooting.
“This is a startling incident and one that has no place in the city of Roselle or anywhere,” said Mayor Jamel Holley. “Anyone who commits a crime in our city will be sought after and punished to the full extent of the law. I ask my fellow residents to be vigilant, report suspicious behavior, and to stand with police against any criminal that seeks to disrupt our peaceful way of life.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Union County Crimestoppers at 1-908-654-TIPS or www.uctip.org. Tipsters that anonymously provide information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.
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