A single gunman shot a 17-year-old Jersey City boy dead yesterday in a tiny city park, authorities confirmed late today.
Pashawn Holmes, 18, was arrested at a relative’s home on nearby Bergen Avenue early this morning, according to the Jersey Journal.
Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said Holmes pulled out a gun and fired a half-dozen rounds toward Pedro Roman Jr. and a group he was with after an argument with the victim around 3 p.m. yesterday at Triangle Park in the city’s Greenville section. A single bullet hit Roman in the head, killing him, authorities said.
Several teens were rounded up and brought to the local precinct, but all were later released, the prosecutor said.
Initial reports cited two gunmen. But authorities dismissed that theory after interviewing witnesses and reviewing preliminary test results.
Holmes, who appeared in court this afternoon wearing long dreadlocks and a sleeveless undershirt, us being held on $1 million bail, charged with murder.
Just a month ago, three other kids were shot in the same tiny park, although all three survived.
Coincidentally, a task force of federal, state and county agencies conducted a major sweep in the Greenville and Lafayette sections of the city last week, scooping up more than four dozen people. Charges against them ranged from attempted murder to firearms offenses to drug trafficking.