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Short Hills Mall shooting: 1 man killed in fatal shooting, shot directly in head

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A Short Hills Mall shooting has left one 1 man killed in the fatal shooting after being shot directly in the head. An investigation is currently being conducted by Essex County officials, though no suspects are said to be known at this point in time. North Jersey News reveals this Monday, Dec. 16, that the Millburn Police Department is working in tandem with the local Prosecutor’s Office and Homicide Crimes Task Force to look into the deadly incident that claimed the life of a lawyer.

The Short Hills Mall shooting is believed to have taken place late on Sunday night following two men accosting a couple while they were walking back to their car in the cold night air. After making it to a third level parking deck, the husband was abruptly shot in the head. No one saw who was in the vehicle at the time, but it is known that the shooter and suspected accomplice fled the scene immediately afterwards in a silver Range Rover.

“Local authorities early this Monday this morning have since identified the victim as Dustin Friedland, 30, of Hoboken. Friedland was rushed to Morristown Medical Center after the shooting, where he was pronounced dead just minutes before midnight, the Prosecutor's Office confirmed. His devastated wife was said to be with him at the time of the shooting. Although she was left uninjured, the woman was also escorted to the hospital for shock.

While the shocking shooting took place in the parking lot, the fatal shooting caused police officials to place the Short Hills mall on a total lockdown, a lockdown that was then removed only minutes after 10 p.m.

“According to the press release from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the SUV driven by the couple was located by Newark police this morning in the 200 block of Renner Avenue in Newark. Reports from last night indicate police believe the suspects in the shooting may have driven from the mall using the Range Rover as well as a green and tan Chevrolet Suburban.”

The Short Hills mall shooting investigation continues to be reviewed by police. There are no known suspects or arrests that have been made public just yet.

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