Newark Man Charged In Carteret Killing

CARTERET — A Newark man has been arrested and charged with the apparent fatal shooting of a Maryland man who was in the borough visiting relatives, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief John Pieczyski of the Carteret Police Department announced Saturday.

Daniel J. Gillens, 21,  of Newark was arrested and charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose following the April 5 death of Deonte J. Shackleford, 26, of Baltimore, Md.

Gillens also was charged with a count of certain persons not to have a weapon. The charge was filed after it was determined Gillens previously was convicted in an unrelated case. He was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick.

Gillens was charged during an investigation by Detective Marcus Rosario of the Carteret Police Department and Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation began when police, on routine patrol, heard gunshots fired in the Chrome section of Carteret at 7:24 p.m. on April 5.

Police arrived at the intersection of Pershing Avenue and Union Street to find a man, later identified as Mr. Shackleford, laying on the sidewalk at the intersection.

At the same time, police saw another man running from the scene.

Police chased the man, who stopped and surrendered outside building N at the River Run apartment complex on Roosevelt Avenue. He was taken into custody and was identified as Gillens.

The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, where he was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m.

An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office. The results were not immediately available.

The investigation, which is continuing, showed that the victim was targeted and the shooting did not appear to be a random act.

Authorities are asking anyone with information that might be relevant to the case to call Detective Rosario of the Carteret Police Department at (732) 541-4181, or Investigator Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3904.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, Gillens is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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