A Hudson County corrections officer has been charged with a double homicide for fatally shooting his girlfriend and another woman in Newark, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stevens II and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
John Menendez, 24, a Hudson County corrections officer who lives in West New York, has been charged with two counts of murder and weapons offenses, Stevens and Ambrose said in a joint statement.
Yesterday, shortly after 9 p.m., two women were found suffering from gunshot wounds at two separate locations in Newark: the intersection of Edison Place and Bruen Street and the 100th block of Haynes Avenue, respectively, officials said.
The two victims have since been identified as Anna Shpilberg, 40, of Randolph, and Luiza Shinkarevskaya, 40, of Riverdale.
Shinkarevskaya was discovered on the sidewalk at the Haynes Avenue location and was pronounced dead at 9:53 p.m.
Shpilberg, who was “in a romantic relationship” with Menendez, was pronounced dead in the passenger seat of her car at the aforementioned intersection at 9:55 p.m.
The investigation remains ongoing at this time, police said.