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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: April 6, 2013







Newark man charged in homicide


††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief John Pieczyski of the Carteret Police Department announced today that a Newark man has been arrested and charged with the apparent fatal shooting of a Maryland man who was in the borough visiting relatives.


Daniel J. Gillens (12/24/91) of Newark was arrested and charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose following the death on April 5, 2013 of Deonte J. Shackleford, 26, of Baltimore, Md.


Gillens also was charged with a count of certain persons not to have a weapon. The charge was filed after it was determined Gillens previously was convicted in an unrelated case.


He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. Bail has not yet been set.


He was charged during an investigation by Detective Marcus Rosario of the Carteret Police Department and Investigator Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.


The investigation began when police, on routine patrol, heard gunshots fired in the Chrome section of Carteret at 7:24 p.m. on April 5, 2013.


Police arrived at the intersection of Pershing Avenue and Union Street to find a man, later identified as Mr. Shackleford, laying on the sidewalk at the intersection.


At the same time, police saw another man running from the scene.


Police chased the man, who stopped and surrendered outside building N at the River Run apartment complex on Roosevelt Avenue. He was taken into custody and was identified as Gillens.


The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, where he was pronounced dead at 8:17 p.m.


An autopsy was scheduled for today by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office. The results were not immediately available.


The investigation, which is continuing, showed that the victim was targeted and the shooting did not appear to be a random act.


Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Rosario of the Carteret Police Department at (732) 541-4181, or Investigator Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3904.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, Gillens is presumed innocent until proven guilty.