Prosecutor: 18-year-old charged with murder after Jersey City man dies from gunshot injuries


An 18-year-old was charged wth murder after a Jersey City man died from injuries sustained from being shot earlier this month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At approximately 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th, the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Forrest Street and Martin Luther King Drive on reports of shots fired, Suarez said in a statement.

Upon arrival, officers found a man – later identified as Reginald Williams, 32, of Jersey City – lying in the street near 299 Forrest Street with apparent gunshot wounds to his torso.

He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he died on Wednesday, May 25th.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined William’s cause of death to be complications from gunshot wounds to the torso and the manner of death to be homicide.

Isiah Smith, 18, of Jersey City, was arrested at his home on Tuesday, May 17th, in connection with the shooting. A handgun, high capacity magazine, and hollow point bullets were recovered.

Smith is charged with murder, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, two counts of possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of prohibited weapons and devices, possession of prohibited weapons and devices, and receiving stolen property.

During the course of the investigation, the Jersey City Police Department determined Williams had an open warrant and was placed into the custodial care of the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation at Jersey City Medical Center until the time of his death.

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

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