30 Year Old Hudson County Man Shot in the Head During Carjacking Outside Short Hills Mall in New Jersey … Two Suspects Fled in Stolen Range Rover (Update: Victim Dustin Friedland Pronounced Dead)(SUV Recovered in Newark, NJ)
Terrible crime occurs at Short Hills Mall as couple carjacked in mall parking deck …
A 30 year old Hudson County New Jersey man was shock in the head by two carjackers at the upscale Short Hills Mall in the parking garage Sunday night at about 9:10 pm. The couple, a man and woman, were approached by the two thugs who carjacked them as the couple returned to their Range Rover after Christmas shopping at the mall. The two thugs, after firing shorts, took off in the couple’s 2012 silver Range Rover with the license plate U26BVD.
The man who was shot once in the head and rushed to Morristown Medical Center where he was in “grave condition.” His wife was not injured.
An evening of Christmas shopping turned into a violent nightmare tonight when a man returning with his wife to their parked Range Rover at an upscale New Jersey mall was shot in the head, and their vehicle carjacked from a parking deck at the Mall at Short Hills.
Police said the two suspects both fled in the stolen car and had an alert out for the 2012 silver Range Rover with the license plate U26BVD.
The man, who was not identified, was shot once in the head and rushed to Morristown Medical Center where he was in “grave condition,” said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray. His wife was not injured.
UPDATE I: 30 year old shooting victim pronounced dead at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
The man was pronounced dead at Morristown Medical Center at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. His name was not immediately released, but Murray said he was 30 years old and was from Hudson County, N.J.
How very sad and senseless. Dustin died a hero protecting his wife who had already got into the SUV.
The victim, Dustin Friedland, 30, wasn’t protecting his luxury SUV, says a source close to the investigation — but his beloved wife Jamie, already in the car. One thug had come close to her and ordered her out, but ‘she got a look at him,’ says the source.
Dustin Friedland & his wife Jamie Schare Friedland – Facebook
UPDATE III: Police Recover Carjacked Range Rover in Newark, NJ.
The man fatally shot outside a New Jersey mall during an apparent carjacking Sunday night has been identified as a 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Millburn Police Chief Gregory Weber identified the victim as 30-year-old Dustin Friedland of Hoboken, who was shot in the head at approximately 9 p.m. on the second floor of the parking lot outside the Short Hills Mall.
Authorities also found the carjacked silver 2012 Range Rover with New Jersey license plate U26BVD behind an abandoned house on Renner Avenue in Newark. There was damage to the driver’s side and the passenger’s side, and the rear window was shattered.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in this case.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432.