Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino today announced that the 17-year-old suspect, who was shot by a Bloomfield police officer on Friday, died at University Hospital.

Rasheed Cherry, 17, of East Orange was shot on Friday night after he opened fire at a crowded carnival. He was pronounced dead at 12:26 p.m. today. Next of kin have been notified.

Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said, "At this juncture, the shooting appears to be justified but the investigation is continuing.''

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

The incident is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor's Professional Standards Bureau and the Bloomfield Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit.

The case will be presented to a Grand Jury as is required in all police involved shootings.