Prosecutor: 20-year-old Jersey City man arrested for murder of 19-year-old

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A 20-year-old Jersey City man was arrested on Thursday for the shooting death of a 19-year-old city resident earlier this month, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced. 

Kai Robinson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Kai Robinson, 20, of Jersey City, was arrested in Newark without incident by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit in connection with the death of Kamal McCord on May 2nd, Suarez said in a statement.

Robinson has been charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and theft, authorities said.

Additionally, Lasaun Rose, 24, of Jersey City, was arrested without incident on May 4th in connection to the same incident.

Rose was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with the arrests and the Jersey City Police Department for their assistance in the investigation and said additional arrests are pending.

On Wednesday, May 2 at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department
received a report of a male shot on Merseles Court in Jersey City. Responding officers
found a male victim inside a residence at 21 Merseles Court, officials said.

The victim was later identified as Kamal McCord, 19, of Jersey City. He was found in a lifeless condition with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso. McCord was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:00 p.m., police said.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has declared the cause of death to be a gunshot
wound to the chest and the manner of death to be homicide, authorities said.

Responding officers also found a female victim outside of a residence in the area of 17
Merseles Court. The 21-year-old female victim had an apparent gunshot wound to one of her extremities, officials said.

The victim was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical
Center where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

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

Anyone with information is asked to contact the the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at:
http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential.

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