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UPDATE: Three Charged in Deadly Bergen County Barbershop Shooting


By: Jackie Amorine 

Authorities in Bergen County rpeorted the arrest of three suspects wanted for a deadly shootout at a Hackensack barbershop Saturday, November 12th. 

Prosecutor Musella said Dior Alston, 21, of South Hackensack, Malik Abel, 21, of Maywood and Rayshawn Powel-Myhand, 19, of Hackensack, were all taken into custody and charged with various counts of felonies which included murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun and stalking. 

Officials said  Powel-Myhand was charged with hindering apprehension. 

According to a statement released by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, at approximately 5:00 p.m.,  the Hackensack Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Essex Street and Lehigh Street in Hackensack. 

Prosecutor Musella said responding Hackensack Police Officers found one male victim who sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

A second victim, 28- year-old Vidal R. Nieves, was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound Prosecutor Musella said. 

An investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit and the Hackensack Police Department revealed that Alston fatally shot Nieves and Abel acted as an accomplice to the shooting. At the same time, Powel-Myhand attempted to conceal evidence of the crimes.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.