Police puzzled by gun violence in Rahway

alg-gun-violence-jpgRAHWAY — Police have no suspects in the non-fatal Dec. 26 shooting of a 17-year-old city boy or the Nov. 10 murder of a 27-year-old Newark man.

Police Capt. Joseph Simonetti declined to disclose additional details about the teenager’s shooting, including the victim’s identity and whether the handgun used in the crime was recovered.

“We are still investigating the crime and no arrests have been made,” said Simonetti, who did confirm that the weapon used was a handgun.

Authorites previously revealed that the Dec. 26 shooting victim was a Rahway teenager transported to University Hospital for surgery after being shot in the leg near Central Avenue at about 9:20 p.m.

The teenager is believed to have been shot after attending a basketball game at Rahway High School.

Police also have yet to announce any leads in the case of 27-year-old Jorge Torres, who was shot and killed Nov. 10, during an early morning altercation outside Breathless.

Chris Keating of News 12 New Jersey reported that Torres tried to break up a fight a in the strip club parking lot at about 3 a.m. and someone fired six gunshots.

Keating also said police confiscated a blue minivan and News 12 broadcast video of a truck carrying away from the scene such a vehicle bearing the license tags ZYM-97T.

Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person who shot Torres.

Tips can be left anonymously by calling (908) 654-8477, or by texting “UCTIP” and a message to the number 274637, authorities said. They said messages can also be left online at www.uctip.org.

Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said anyone with information about Torres’ death should call Detective Andrew Dellaquila of the prosecutor’s office at (973) 274-5771.

Simonetti said anyone with information regarding either shooting can call the detective bureau at 732-827-2110, send email to neighborhoodwatch@rahwaypolice.com or anonymously inform the Rahway Police Department by calling 732-388-1553.

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