Arrest made for Paterson restaurant owner shot in face

An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of an owner of a Chinese restaurant making his final food delivery of the night while in his car with his wife early Thursday.

Rui Zhou, 29, of Paterson, was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his Toyota Highlander, which had struck another vehicle after he was fatally shot in the face  just before 1 a.m.

His wife, 29-year-old Xiaomei Liu, who was in the passenger seat of the vehicle but was not injured, told police the gunman fled on foot. Zhou was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson.

A 17-year-old was arrested for the incident, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

The unnamed suspect is accused of felony murder, robbery, and various weapon possession of a weapon charges.

During the investigation, it was determined that the victim and his wife were making the last food delivery for the night from the restaurant which they owned, and he was shot in his vehicle while making the delivery before crashing his car a short distance away.

They reportedly bought Ming’s Kitchen on Vreeland Avenue around two or three months ago, and they lived in an apartment above it.

In a similar incident, a pizza delivery man from Clifton was shot and killed as he drove in Passaic a week and a half ago.


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