IRVINGTON, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II and Irvington Public Safety Director Tracy Bowers have announced that authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Irvington on Friday evening, December 6. At approximately 6:30 pm, Irvington police officers responded to the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Headley Terrace on a report of a person shot. Arriving officers located a male lying in the street. The male, who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 7:15 p.m., according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit. The victim has been identified as Joseph E. Howard, age 34, of Irvington, NJ. 

This incident is being investigated by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force, which includes detectives from the Irvington Police Department. The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor's Tips Line at (877) 847-7432. 

No further information is available at this time.  

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Thomas S. Fennelly, Chief Assistant Prosecutor 

Homicide and Major Crimes Unit

Essex County Prosecutor's Office