Teenager shot dead in New Brunswick hotel, police say
A 17-year-old survived a gunshot wound Friday night at a New Brunswick hotel, though questions remain about what led to the shooting, officials said.
Officers arrived at the Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center at 10 Livingston Avenue at around 9 p.m., according to a statement from New Brunswick Deputy Police Director JT Miller.
Cops found a young man alone in a rented room with a “non-life threatening injury” in his “groin and leg area,” Miller wrote.
The teenager told police that others witnessed the shooting, but the 17-year-old told “conflicting stories” about what happened, police said. He was treated less than a mile away at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Officers believe the young man was shot inside the rented room and other areas of the building were unaffected, Miller said.
The hotel’s operations manager confirmed the approximate time and officers described the incident as “customer shooting”.
“Our team responded quickly, cooperating with the New Brunswick Police Service in all respects,” said Robyn Nixon in a statement read over the phone, and “our guests have been incredibly understanding and supportive.”
No other injuries were reported. Further details, including the young man’s name, were not immediately available.
Police have asked anyone with more information to call Detective Elfi Martinez at 732-745-5217.
A spokesperson said the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office was not part of the initial response to the shooting.
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