Morris County murder-suicide victims identified

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp identified the victims of last Saturday’s shooting in Morris County as Laurel R. Chasmar, 28, of Morris Plains and Hassan Shahid, 32, of Jersey City.

Knapp called the death of Chasmar a homicide, caused by gunshot wounds inflicted upon her. 

He said Shahid committed suicide, which was also caused by a gunshot wound. 

The findings were made following an investigation conducted by the Morris County Medical Examiner. 

In the early morning hours of August 5, law enforcement responded to the area of The Highlands at Morris Plains Apartments on The Buckley Way in Morris Plains following a report of possible gunshots in the area.

Chasmar’s body of  was found in Morris Plains, and the body of Shahid was found in Morris Township a short time later.

Knapp  thanked Chief of Police Jason A. Kohn and the Morris Plains Police Department; Acting Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo and the Morris Township Police Department; and other law enforcement agencies that assisted in the investigation.  

Public Information Officer Fred Snowflack did not make it known if the firearm was recovered, what kind it was or where it came from.


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