PLAINFIELD, NJ — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that took place in Plainfield on Thursday afternoon, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Wilson Valdez of Plainfield.
Plainfield Police Division units rushed to the 600 block of Berckman Street on a report of a shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Valdez, who had been working in a convenience store at the time of the incident, was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
According to a report by News 12 NJ, Valdez was shot in the chest as he tried to protect a little girl from gunfire. He left behind a girlfriend and an 8-year-old son. Two suspects were later captured.
The death of Valdez remains under joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Union County Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Kevin Grimmer at 908-447-3777 or Detective Janet Lopez at 908-347-8491.