UPDATED: 13-year-old girl charged with fatal Jersey City shooting of 35-year-old man, authorities say

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A 13-year-old girl has been charged with the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man who was killed earlier this month near the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Wilkinson Avenue, authorities said.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department have apprehended and charged a thirteen-year-old female with the fatal shooting of Niles Holmes that occurred earlier this month on MLK Drive and Wilkinson Avenue. More info to follow,” the HCPO tweeted minutes ago.

On Friday at 2:44 p.m., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez provided more information.

The teen was apprehended and arrested by Jersey City police officers just before 7 p.m. last night in the area of Union Street and Martin Luther King Drive.

She has been charged as a juvenile with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon (firearm) for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey
City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

On December 10th, just after 4:16 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Wilkinson Avenue on a report of a person shot.

Responding officers found the victim, an unconscious 35-year-old Jersey City man, later
identified as Niles Holmes, with apparent multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. The
victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center in a life-threatening condition.

He was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso and the manner of death to be homicide.

A short time after the initial victim was located, Jersey City police found a second victim of the shooting, a 24-year-old Jersey City man, who had sustained two graze wounds to the arm.

He was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated for the non-life- threatening injuries.

 

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.