Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit has charged a 16-year-old male with the shooting death of 21-year-old Rodney Wallace, who was fatally shot on Wilkinson Avenue in Jersey City on April 13.
According to county officials, the teen, who has been charged as a juvenile, was arrested inside of a store at 245 Old Bergen Road in Jersey City on Thursday, June 10, just after 4 p.m. by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Intelligence/Violent Crimes Unit.
Officials said that the teen was charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm) and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (shotgun).
According to officials, on Tuesday, April 13, just after 11:00 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 162 Wilkinson Avenue in Jersey City.
Responding officers found a 21-year-old male victim – later identified as Rodney Wallace – who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the upper body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 11:44 p.m.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be homicide.
Officials said that a second victim, a 22-year-old man, also sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting and was treated at the Jersey City Medical Center.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests may follow.