Fatal Shooting Reported in West New York

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Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:

On Sunday, December 23, 2018, shortly after 12:00 a.m., the West New York Police Department received a report of shots fired in the area of 61st Street and Park Avenue in West New York. Upon arrival at that location, responding West New York Police Officers found an unresponsive male with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body.

The victim, later identified as Steven Flores, age 19, of Union City, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:00 a.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the Cause of death to be gunshot wound to the neck and the Manner of death to be homicide.

A second victim who suffered non-life threatening injuries was also found at the scene. He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.

The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit is actively investigating this case with assistance from the West New York Police Department. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.