The Short Hills mall shooting on Sunday is being investigated by a Major Crimes Task Force in order to bring the perpetrators to justice quickly. This was announced by Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray together with Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber yesterday morning.
The shooting took place after dark at around 9 p.m. on Sunday night. The victim, Dustin Friedland and his wife were confronted by two men as they returned to their vehicle on the third floor parking lot of the Short Hills mall.
It isn’t clear exactly what the exchange of words were between the victim and the shooters but soon after the confrontation Friedland was shot in the head and killed. The two men then exited the parking lot in the man’s vehicle, a silver Range Rover.
The victim of the unprovoked Short Hills mall shooting, Friedland was aged 30 and practiced law for a living. Fortunately, his wife who was taken to the Morristown Medical Center had not been shot or injured in the incident.
Following the shooting the mall itself was put on a full lockdown as police searched for the shooters or any evidence that could be linked to them like CCTV footage. The lockdown was in place for around an hour.
The silver Range Rover was found later by police in the 200 block of Renner Avenue, Newark. Police have indicated that the stolen Range Rover was accompanied by a green and tan Chevrolet Suburban which they are still searching for.
No arrests have been made so far and there are no suspects. The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program put out a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the Short Hills mall shooting suspects.
It remains to be seen what led to the fatal mall shooting as police and local authorities try to piece together the course of events that ended with the fatal shooting of Dustin Friedland.