UPDATED: Suspect arrested in fatal Jersey City shooting on Brinkerhoff Street, authorities say

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A suspect has been arrested in a fatal Jersey City shooting on Brinkerhoff Street that occurred late last night, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Bernard Wilson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Brinkerhoff Street late last night involving one male victim,” the law enforcement agency tweeted early this morning.

“The suspect has been apprehended and arrested. More info to follow.”

This is the fifth Jersey City homicide since March 31st, despite an emergency stay-at-home order being in effect across the state.

This afternoon at 3:13 p.m., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez released more details on the incident.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested and charged Bernard Wilson, 27, of Bayonne, in connection with the shooting death of 38-year-old Abimael Fuentes on April 21st, Suarez said in a statement.

On Tuesday, just after 10:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department
responded to shots fired on Brinkerhoff Street between Monticello and Bergen Avenues in Jersey City.

Responding officers found the victim, Fuentes, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:41 a.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Wilson was arrested early Wednesday morning at a residence on Brinkerhoff Avenue. At the time of his arrest he was found to be in possession of two firearms.

Wilson has been charged with first-degree murder, two counts of possession of a weapon (firearm) for an unlawful purpose, a second-degree crime; two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not to possess a weapon – another second-degree crime, authorities said.

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

 

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with more information.