UPDATE: 27-Year-Old Man Shot Dead on Playground of Housing Complex in Elizabeth

A homicide that took place in Elizabeth this morning is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport announced Tuesday.
The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Mr. Alphonso James of Elizabeth.

Officials say, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responding to a report of a shooting at the Mravlag Manor housing complex at approximately 2:30 a.m. Tuesday found James there, injured, according to the preliminary investigation.

According to officials, James was pronounced dead a little more than half an hour later.

This matter remains under active joint 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 Sgt. Danika Ramos at 908-358-8377 or Detective Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492.

The 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.