A man was shot in the head outside a northern New Jersey mall Sunday night during a carjacking and is in “grave condition,” police say.
The shooting took place in a parking garage at the Mall at Short Hills, about 30 minutes west of New York City, Thomas Fennelly, Essex County’s chief assistant prosecutor for homicide, told WCBS-TV in New York City.
According to WPIX-TV in New York City, the county prosecutor said a Hudson County husband and wife had left the mall when two men approached them on the second floor of the parking garage around 9 p.m.
The husband had opened the passenger-side door for his wife; she was in the car when the men confronted the husband, 30, and shot him in the head as he walked to the driver-side door, WABC-TV in New York City reported, adding that the wife was also injured but details of her injuries are unknown.
The suspects, both described as black, heading east on Route 24 in the stolen silver Range Rover, New Jersey license plate U26BVD, WPIX reported.
The man was transported by ambulance to Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital where he’s in “grave condition,” WPIX added.
The mall was placed on lockdown as a precaution, but it was lifted just before 10 p.m., WABC said.
In early November, multiple shots were fired inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in northern New Jersey, about a half hour north of the Short Hills mall. The gunman in that incident didn’t fire his weapon at shoppers but later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, WPIX reported.
Here’s a report from WABC:
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