Prosecutor: 2 men charged in double fatal Jersey City shooting that injured 4 others

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Two men have been charged in a double fatal Jersey City shooting that injured four other people back in May, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Cooleone McNeil (left) and Omire Rios-Williams. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit has charged two suspects in the May 21st fatal shooting that left two Jersey City men dead and four other people injured on Crescent Avenue and Brinkerhoff Street, Suarez said in a statement.

Cooleone McNeil, 21, of Jersey City, was apprehended and arrested yesterday shortly after 4:30 p.m. by members of the United States Marshals Service New York/NewJersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (Hudson County Team) at 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth
(AMC Jersey Gardens 20) without incident.

McNeil has been charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, four counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a weapon (handgun), and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

A second suspect in the shooting, Omire Rios-Williams – who is already detained pending trial at the Hudson County Correctional Center in Kearny for the May 3rd murder of Emmanuel Garcia – was also charged Thursday night.

Rios-Williams, 19, of Jersey City, was charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, four counts of attempted murder, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon (handgun), and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

On Friday, May 21st, shortly before 11:00 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received
multiple reports of gunshots fired in the area of Crescent Avenue and Brinkerhoff Street.

Police officers responded to the area and found a total of six victims of gunshot wounds. Two of the victims suffered fatal injuries. All of the victims are Jersey City residents.

Responding officers to the area found an unresponsive man in a vehicle in the area of Crescent Avenue and Brinkerhoff Street with a gunshot wound to the torso.

The man, later identified as Randolph Black Jr., age 25, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:15 p.m.

Officers also found a second unresponsive man at the corner of Crescent Avenue and
Brinkerhoff Street with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities. The man, later identified as Jason Crutcher, 26, was treated at the scene before being transported by EMS to JCMC. He was pronounced dead at approximately 11:50 p.m.

A third man, 26, was found in the area of 55 Crescent Avenue with multiple gunshot
wounds to his upper torso. A fourth victim, 25, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to
his lower torso and a lower extremity. They were both treated at the scene before being
transported by EMS to JCMC for treatment.

A fifth man, 35, suffered a gunshot wound to an upper extremity. He was transported
privately to JCMC where he was treated for his injuries.

Additionally, a female victim, 20, was found inside a business located at 110 Monticello Ave. where she was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported by EMS to JCMC where she was treated for her injuries.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, the Jersey
City Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force (Hudson County Team) for the investigation and arrests.