Grand Jury Indicts Man Accused of Fatal Shooting at The Walk Outlets in Atlantic City
The Somers Point NJ man accused of murdering a store manager at the Atlantic City outlets in September was recently indicted on criminal charges in connection with the shooting.
The shooting occurred on September 1, 2016 and generated national media coverage. According to Atlantic County authorities, it was a short time before 12:00 p.m. when the suspect went to Zumiez at the Tanger Outlets, also known as The Walk, in Atlantic City. The Zumiez clothing store where the victim worked is located at 2014 Baltic Avenue.
The suspect reportedly walked inside the store, approached the victim, and used a handgun to fire multiple gunshots at him. Other people were inside the store at the time, but none of them sustained any injuries during the violent incident. The suspect reportedly pointed his weapon at another store employee but left the building without firing any more gunshots.
By time Atlantic City police officers and emergency medical crews arrived at the scene, there was very little that could be done to save the victim. He was transported to nearby AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead. The victim, later identified as 26-year-old Christopher Romero, was an Absecon resident and a manager at the Zumiez outlet store. At this time, Atlantic County prosecutors have not indicated exactly what type of relationship the suspect and the victim had, except to state that the violent crime was initially classified as a domestic incident.
AC cops tracked the suspect from the Zumiez store and then found him at the White House Black Market store located on North Arkansas Avenue. The suspect had reportedly shot himself in the head with his handgun.
The suspect is a 55-year-old resident of Somers Point, New Jersey. He received urgent medical care for his self-inflicted gunshot wound and required hospitalization at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. The suspect was later listed in critical condition. After the suspect’s condition stabilized and he was cleared for release from the hospital, authorities transferred him to the Atlantic County Jail in Mays Landing.
First Degree Murder Charges for AC Outlet Mall Shooting
Meanwhile, the suspect has been charged with a host of crimes, including:
- Aggravated Assault
- Illegal Handgun Possession
- Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose
- Receiving Stolen Property
Now it appears that the suspect will have to address the criminal charges at trial in Atlantic County Superior Court, or reach a plea deal with Atlantic County prosecutors, because a grand jury has indicted him on all of the very serious criminal charges.
Despite the indictment, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit is still actively investigating the homicide.
The suspect is currently being held at the Atlantic County Correctional Facility on a massive $1 million bail amount. Since the suspect has been classified as a danger to the public given the violent nature of the alleged crime, it seems unlikely that his bail would be reduced in advance of trial.
If you have been arrested for a violent crime in Atlantic County, NJ, you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation about your case.