The N.J. mall carjacking victim has been identified and the car that the two suspects carjacked was found only 10 miles away from the mall. According to Fox News live on Monday, Dec. 16, the police are trying to piece together this horrific crime today.
Sunday night, 30-year-old Dustin Friedland, a lawyer from Hoboken, was shopping with his wife when two men approached them as they were getting into their car to go home, reports MSN today. They were in the third tier of an upscale mall’s parking garage when one of the two men pulled out a gun and shot Friedland in the head.
Fox News is reporting that Dustin Friedland confronted the carjackers when they demanded that he hand over the keys for the vehicle and this is why they shot him. This could be why the wife was not harmed by these men. The police are also investigating as to whether or not the target of this crime was to obtain the vehicle or if the victim was the target. The hijacked vehicle, a 2012 Range Rover, was found abandoned.
The men then took off with the vehicle, leaving Friedland lying in a pool of blood and his wife, Jamie Schare Friedland, unhurt. A mall employee who was just getting into her car said she heard two gunshots and a woman screaming from the tier above her in the parking garage.
She saw the Range Rover take off out of the parking garage, going about 100 mph. It was going east, she said. The stolen Range Rover which was the object of a massive police search in New Jersey was found about in Newark, N.J. about 10 miles away from the Mall at Short Hills, where the carjacking occurred.
The victim had worked recently at his family’s HVAC company analyzing construction-related legal claims. The two men are at large and a local anti-crime group is offering $10,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.