Prosecutor: 18-year-old arrested for fatal shooting of young Jersey City man

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An 18-year-old has been arrested for the fatal shooting of a young Jersey City man who was gunned down back in March, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Shaquan Hyppolite. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Shaquan Hyppolite. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Shaquan Hyppolite, 18, of Jersey City, was charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon, Suarez said in a statement.

Yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m., detectives of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested Hyppolite for the shooting death of Terrel Smith. He made his first court appearance today in Criminal Justice Reform Court, authorities said.

On March 29th, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Jersey City police were dispatched to the area of 360-2 Van Horne Street in Jersey City on a 911 call reporting possible gunshots, officials said.

Upon arrival, officers found an unresponsive male victim in a parking lot behind that location.

The victim, Smith, 27, of Jersey City, had multiple gunshot wounds to the midsection of his body. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by ambulance where he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:05 p.m., authorities said.

A medical examiner determined the cause of Smith’s death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be homicide.

Suarez credited members of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit, as well as the Jersey City Police Department for making Hyppolite’s arrest.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on their official website at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ .

All information will be kept confidential.