Investigators seek public’s help with unsolved Rahway murder

Today marks exactly two years since a local entrepreneur was shot and killed in his downtown Rahway sneaker store, and acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan said authorities are renewing their request for assistance from the public in an effort to solve the crime.

The Prosecutor’s Office today released a video clip pulled from surveillance footage recorded just after the shooting took place in an attempt to identify the two gunmen seen therein.

Police responded to the 1500 block of Irving Street in Rahway at about 9:15 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016 to find 21-year-old Jamal Gaines suffering from a gunshot wound.

Gaines, affectionately known as “Mally” among his family and friends, was pronounced dead a short while later.

A joint investigation by the prosecutor’s homicide task force, Rahway police and the county sheriff’s office revealed that two people with their faces obscured by fabric accessed Gaines’s sneaker store through a rear door.

During in a physical struggle inside the shop, a fatal shot was fired and the two suspects ran out of the building the same way they came in.

The two suspects can be seen on surveillance footage sprinting down an alley, with one of them exhibiting a pronounced limp.

The suspect with the limp appeared to be wearing dark pants, light-colored sneakers, and a dark hooded sweatshirt with a light-colored patch on the left arm.

The other suspect was wearing a lighter-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brown or beige shoes.

Both suspects brandished handguns during the crime.

The case into Gaines’ death remains highly active, Monahan said, and tips submitted by the public continue to be investigated.

Anyone with information about the shooting still is being urged to contact homicide task force Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Sgt. Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest or grand jury indictment of one or both of the killers.

Tips can be given anonymously by calling 908-654-TIPS (8477), by texting “UCTIP” with a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or by submitting information online at www.uctip.org , the programs website.

Only about half of the violent crimes and a third of the property crimes that occur in the United States each year are reported to police. And most of the crimes that are reported don’t result in the arrest, charging and prosecution of a suspect, according to government statistics.


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