RAHWAY — Police are investigating gunfire near the 600 block of Central Avenue at about 9:20 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26 that resulted in the shooting of a teenage city boy.
Capt. Joseph Simonetti said police found one victim, a 17-year-old male from Rahway, injured by a single gunshot wound to his leg after several residents dialed 911 to report the incident.
The victim was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where sources said doctors operated to remove a bullet from the boy’s leg. A University Hospital spokesperson said federal privacy rules did not allow her to disclose more details about the victim’s recovery.
The shooting occurred near the city’s high school at about 9:20 p.m. after a Union defeated Rahway by a score of 52-37 in a holiday tournament basketball game, authorities said.
The John “Butch” Kowal Memorial Basketball Tournament features teams from six area high schools playing games at Rahway High School’s gym over the holiday season.
Tournament play continued Friday, Dec. 27 with Rahway defeating Cardinal McCarrick 71-57, Point Pleasant Beach beating Union 65-52, and Colonia prevailing over Holmdel 51-36.
On Monday, Dec. 30, the tourney concluded with Union dominating Holmdel 55-49 and Pt. Pleasant Beach taking the championship with a 60-41 win over Colonia.
Anyone with information about the shooting may call the detective bureau at 732-827-2110, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or inform the Rahway Police Department anonymously by calling 732-388-1553.
Union County authorities are offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment for the fatal shooting of Jorge Torres, who was killed Nov 10 outside of the Breathless Men’s Club, 876 Hart St., Rahway.
A summertime brawl in July 2012 left another 17-year-old Rahway boy dead.
Authorities said at the time Pacheco Holley, who would have been a senior at the city’s high school, had been stabbed and killed during a large fight on Donald Avenue that broke out shortly after midnight.
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