ORANGE, NJ – The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a quadruple shooting that took place just after 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the 200 block of Cleveland St. in Orange, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director Todd Warren.
According to a press release from Murray, "preliminary investigation indicates that the victims were sitting on the front porch of a two-family home when a gunman walked up to the porch and opened fire on the group. The victims attempted to run inside the house. At that point, the shooter fled."
Four people were shot, two fatally. Marcus Milien, a 21-month-old baby boy, was shot and killed. He was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.
The toddler's 21-year old uncle, Morlens Milice, was also fatally shot; he was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m. at East Orange General Hospital.
The toddler’s father, whose name is not being released at this time, was a third victim of the shooting, and remains hospitalized in stable condition.
A fourth victim, a 15-year-old man, was also shot. He sustained non life-threatening injuries, and was treated and released.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly confirmed that at some point after the shooting an Audi was found in the area. The vehicle had been torched. Investigators are trying to determine what role, if any, the vehicle played in the homicides.
At this time no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made. The investigation remains active and ongoing.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crimestoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.