Prosecutor: 19-year-old arrested for fatal Jersey City Heights shooting

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A 19-year-old Jersey City man has been arrested for last week’s fatal shooting in the Heights, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. Jose Mojica

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Mojica, 19, of Jersey City, was arrested yesterday by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and charged with the murder of Donald McLaughlin III, 37, of Union City. He was arrested without incident, Suarez said in a statement.

Mojica was charged with murder,possession of a weapon (handgun) for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit for Mojica’s
arrest, as the well as the Jersey City and Union City Police Departments for assisting with the investigation.

On October 5, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Jersey City police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Central Avenue and Graham Street. Upon arrival, officers found McLaughlin unresponsive in the street in front of 490 Central Ave., authorities said.

The victim suffered from an apparent gunshot wound to his torso and also an apparent blunt force trauma injury to his head, police said.

The responding officers immediately administered first aid to the victim. McLaughlin was
subsequently transported to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services where he was pronounced dead at approximately 8:55 p.m, officials said.

A medical examiner determined the cause of McLaughlin’s death to be a gunshot wound to
his torso and the manner of death to be homicide, police said.

McLaughlin’s cousin started a GoFundMe page last week to cover his funeral costs. After six days, they have raised $2,840 toward their $8,000 goal.

A second male victim, 26, of Jersey City, was treated at the scene for injuries to his head and body. He was also transported by EMS to JCMC where he received treatment and released, officials said.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this case.

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

All information will be kept confidential.

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