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Plainfield Homicide Remains Under Investigation


A Plainfield homicide that took place two years ago this week remains under investigation and authorities are continuing to ask for information from the public, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Wednesday.

The victim in the case was 32-year-old Shamar Coleman, fatally shot by an unknown gunman in the seafood restaurant Coleman owned and operated.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units rushed to Seafood Rama on the 1000 block of East Second Street at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2016, and found Coleman there suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

The killing remains under joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, as authorities today are re-releasing surveillance video footage of a person of interest in the case still being sought.

The person, who can be seen exiting and entering the passenger’s side of what appears to be a small Volkswagen sedan parked outside the restaurant around the time of the shooting, was wearing distinctive clothing that night: bright blue pants, white sneakers, a dark facial covering, and a hooded sweatshirt that appears to be black on the bottom and light gray on the top.

Anyone who may have seen this person in the area around the time of the shooting or who has information about his identity or whereabouts is urged to contact Homicide Task Force Lt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Richard Acosta at 908-347-0404.

The Union County Crime Stoppers also 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