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Authorities Identify Car of Interest Possibly Involved in Elizabeth Homicide (VIDEO)

Credits: Video courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
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ELIZABETH, NJ - Authorities today released surveillance video showing a suspected vehicle possibly involved in the death of a 33-year-old man who was found shot in his driveway over a week ago.

Ricardo Nieto was found in the driveway of his home suffering from gunshot wounds after city police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Niles Street and 5th Avenue at 2:50 a.m. on July 16, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the footage released by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect vehicle drives in opposite directions about two minutes apart on Niles Street near 5th Avenue around 9 p.m. on Saturday, just hours before the shooting occurred.

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Authorities identified the vehicle as a light-colored, two-door car with a sunroof that may have had out-of-state license plates. The vehicle is thought to have stayed in the neighborhood up until the time of the shooting, authorities said.

The Union County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case, authorities said. Anonymous tips can be sent by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES). Tips can also be sent online at www.uctip.org.​​​​​​​

The incident is under investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter should contact Homicide Task Force Detective Richard Acosta at 908-347-0404 or Detective Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.

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