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UPDATE: Seven Years Unsolved: Renewed Appeal in NJ Fatal Shooting Case


By: Richard L. Smith

This December marks the seventh anniversary of the unsolved murder of 32-year-old Shamar Coleman in Plainfield. Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel, along with Plainfield Police Director James Abney, are calling for the public's assistance in the ongoing investigation into Coleman's death.AdOn the evening of December 29, 2016, Plainfield Police Officers were called to Seafood Rama on the 1000 block of East Second Street.

There, they discovered Coleman suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The Union County Homicide Task Force, in collaboration with the Plainfield Police Department, continues to investigate this case. In an effort to generate new leads, the Union County Prosecutor's Office is re-releasing surveillance footage of a person of interest.

The individual, seen near a small Volkswagen sedan outside the restaurant at the time of the shooting, was wearing distinctive bright blue pants, white sneakers, a dark facial covering, and a two-tone hooded sweatshirt.AdInvestigators are diligently following all leads and urge anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of this person of interest to contact Sergeant Keyla Live at 908-527-4514 or Detective Richard Acosta at 908-527-4624 of the Union County Prosecutor's Office's Homicide Task Force.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at

Plainfield authorities stress that any tip leading to an arrest and indictment in this case could be of crucial importance in solving this tragic crime.