Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit has charged a 20-year-old man in the shooting death of 21-year-old Rodney Wallace, who was fatally shot on Wilkinson Avenue in Jersey City on April 13, 2021.
Naseem Rourk, of Jersey City, was charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3A(1)(2), a crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and 2C:11-3A(1)(2), a crime of the first degree; Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1B, a crime of the second degree; Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4A(1), a crime of the second degree; and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm) in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5B(1), a crime of the second degree.
On June 10, 2021, a 16-year-old male was also charged after being arrested by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Gang Intelligence/Violent Crimes Unit inside of a store at 245 Old Bergen Road in Jersey City.
On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, just after 11:00 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 162 Wilkinson Avenue in Jersey City. Responding officers found a 21-year-old male victim – later identified as Rodney Wallace – who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the upper body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at 11:44 p.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death to be homicide.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.
The above charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).