NEWARK, N.J. – Two members of a Jersey City gang have been charged with the Jan. 9, 2019, shooting of two people and the attempted shooting of a third person, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.
Jalil Holmes, a/k/a “Broadday,” 19, of East Orange, New Jersey, and Jakeem Gibson-Madison, a/k/a “Beanz,” 24, of Jersey City, New Jersey, made their initial appearances today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk in Newark federal court. They each are charged by complaint with three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and three counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Holmes and Gibson-Madison are allegedly both members of a street gang known to operate in the area of the Marion Gardens Housing Complex in Jersey City. In retaliation for the December 2018 murder of a fellow gang member, Holmes and Gibson-Madison sought out individuals associated with a rival gang. They located a BMW automobile that Holmes believed was occupied by rival gang members. While Gibson-Madison parked their car around the corner, Holmes approached the BMW, pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired multiple shots into the vehicle. One victim suffered three gunshot wounds to his back, a second victim suffered two gunshot wounds to his back, and the third victim was not hit.
Each count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Each count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison, which must run consecutively to any terms imposed on the other counts.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark; the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez; and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Desiree Grace Latzer and Elaine K. Lou of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.