17-year-old from Jersey City arrested for fatally shooting Pedro Rodriguez, 16, at restaurant


A 17-year-old from Jersey City has been arrested for fatally shooting Pedro Rodriguez, a 16-year-old Snyder High School student Pedro Rodriguez at a popular restaurant earlier this month, authorities said.

O’LaLa Empanadas in Jersey City.

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Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., a 17-year-old suspect from Jersey City was arrested after surrendering himself to Homicide Unit detectives at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City, Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a statement.

He was arrested without incident and will be remanded to the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center pending his first appearance.

The 17-year-old was charged with murder, possession of a weapon (firearm) for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

On Thursday, December 16th, shortly after 11:45 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of O’LaLa Empanadas, 600 Communipaw Ave., on a report of shots fired.

The responding police officers found an unresponsive teen victim at that location with apparent gunshot wound(s). The injured minor, later identified as Rodriguez of Jersey City, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 12:00 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds the manner of death to be homicide.

Suarez credited the arrest to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department and an additional arrest is expected.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor 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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