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Union County Prosecutor's Office Seeks Public’s Assistance Sought in 2016 Rahway Homicide

Public’s Assistance Sought One Year Following Rahway Homicide Credits: Union County Prosecutor's Office

ELIZABETH, NJ – Today marks one year since a local entrepreneur was shot and killed in his own Rahway sneaker store, and authorities are again requesting assistance from the public in an effort to solve the crime, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced, Feb. 24.

The Prosecutor’s Office re-released video clips pulled from surveillance footage recorded just before the shooting took place in an attempt to identify the two gunmen. The video shows a suspect with the limp wearing dark pants, light-colored sneakers, and a dark hooded sweatshirt with a light-colored patch on the left arm. The other suspect appeared to be wearing a lighter-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brown or beige shoes. Both brandished handguns.   

The two shooters with their faces obscured by fabric accessed Gaines’s sneaker entered the store through a rear utility door. A physical struggle took place that culminated in the fatal shots. At that point the two suspects ran out of the building the same way they came in, after which they can be seen on surveillance footage sprinting down a rear alley.

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The crime took place on the 1500 block of Irving Street in Rahway at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016. Police found 21-year-old Jamal Gaines suffering from a gunshot wound, and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

Anyone with information about the shooting still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Michael Manochio at 908-966-2287 or Detective Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256. The Union County Crime Stoppers also are continuing to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477).

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