NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – A 15-year-old has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old on National Night Out Aug. 6, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, who provided the following details:
The suspect, identified as Q.C of North Plainfield, turned himself in to to police on Friday Aug. 9 three days after police found the victim, 16-year-old Plainfield resident Altereek Johnson of Liberty Street, shot in the upper torso in the vicinity of Steiner Avenue
Johnson was the intended target of the shooting, according to Robertson.
Emergency responders performed life-saving meausres after responding to a 911 call received at 7:24 p.m. before the victim was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, along with detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department conducted the investigation. Detectives have established a preliminary motive for the shooting which is not being released in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.
An autopsy performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. determined the cause of death as a single gun-shot wound to the upper torso,
The suspect was subsequently transported to the Somerset County Family Court in Somerville and remanded to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center in North Brunswick by the Honorable Robert A. Ballard, J.S.C., who authorized an order in support of the suspect's arrest, charging him with 1st degree murder, 2nd degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, 2nd degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and 4th degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this shooting or may have witnessed the shooting, to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
Hodted by local police departments throughtout the United States, National Night Out is intended to bring communities together in support of law enforcement and to foster safe nrighborhoods.