State police charge 4 from Jersey City in double fatal shooting at Meadowlands Racetrack


The New Jersey State Police have charged four Jersey City residents in a double fatal shooting at the Meadowlands Racetrack parking lot last night.

New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan. Facebook photo

Tariq Gathers, 24, Victor Geslicki, 19, Nyshun Morris, 19, and a 16-year-old juvenile male, all of Jersey City, have been charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and receiving stolen property, NJSP Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan and Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced in a joint statement.

Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 9:25 p.m., a trooper assigned to Troop “B” Meadowlands Station was patrolling the complex when he heard gunshots in the vicinity of the Meadowlands Racetrack parking lot. He then observed three males running from the area and enter a dark-colored Audi SUV, fleeing the scene. The trooper advised dispatch of his observations and continued to maintain visual contact with the Audi as it traveled through the Meadowlands Complex.

A short time later, dispatch advised Meadowlands Station patrols that the Audi was reported stolen out of Tenafly.

At this time, the trooper attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop, but the driver attempted to flee onto State Highway 120 northbound where he struck the cement divider and became disabled.

The four occupants fled on foot towards the Izod Center. A description of the suspects was provided to assisting patrols, and all four individuals were apprehended by troopers shortly after the crash.

Detectives recovered a .38 caliber revolver and a 9mm handgun from inside of the Audi.

During the investigation at the Meadowlands Racetrack parking lot, troopers discovered two men who sustained gunshot wounds inside of an Acura sedan.

The 22-year-old male passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the 21-year-old driver was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

Detectives believe the suspects may have committed additional crimes in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Major Crime North Unit at 609-947-6024. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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