Authorities Investigate Fatal Shooting Of New Brunswick Woman

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NEW BRUNSWICK — Police are actively investigating a shooting in which a 21-year-old woman was killed and a male acquaintance was wounded, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Anthony A. Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department, announced Sunday.

Jessica Torres, 21, of North Brunswick was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at 3:01 a.m.

An autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office showed she had been shot and that the manner of death was homicide.

A 28-year-old New Brunswick man, described as an acquaintance of the victim, remained at the hospital Sunday, where he was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

Police began an investigation after a 9-1-1 call alerted them to the shooting, which occurred shortly before 2:13 a.m. on Oct. 6, 2012, on Hale Street in New Brunswick.

Police arrived to find the victims had been wounded in gunfire outside the Progressive Masonic Temple.

The woman later was identified as the mother of a 2-year-old son.

The investigation by Detective Ronoldy Martinez of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Michael Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the shooting was not random.

A motive for the shooting remained under investigation, officials said Sunday.

No arrests have been made, but the investigation is continuing.

Authorities said that anyone with information should contact Detective Martinez of the New Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-745-5217, extension 6028, or Investigator Daniewicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-4018.

In addition, Crime Stoppers of Middlesex County Inc. is offering cash rewards for anonymous tips. Anyone with information should call 1-800-939-9600, or visit the Middlesex County Crime Stoppers website at


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