ELIZABETH NJ - Police are investigating a shooting that took the life of an Elizabeth youth over the weekend on East Jersey Street.

Acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Monday, a homicide investigation is underway in the shooting that killed 19-year-old Carlos Rodriguez of Elizabeth on Saturday evening.

According to authorities, Elizabeth Police officers responded to a report of shots being fired on the 500 block of East Jersey Street shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. When officers arrived they found Rodriguez on a sidewalk at that location. He was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead early Sunday afternoon.

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The shooting is still under investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit.

Anyone with information about the shooting is being urged to contact Task Force Detective Sonia Rodriguez at 908-341-3380, Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271, or Elizabeth Police Department Detective Carrie Scharpnick at 908-558-2069.

Union County Crime Stoppers are offering 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) or online at www.uctip.org.

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