Prosecutor’s office: 17-year-old charged with murder in shooting at NJ deli
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has announced a 17-year-old from Trenton has been arrested and charged in the death of a 54-year-old man inside a deli.
Police responded to Priori's Deli at 301 Hillcrest Ave. on June 6 around 6 a.m., where they found two brothers with gunshot wounds. Officials say they had been held up by the 17-year-old, who pointed a handgun at the victims and demanded money.
According to police, the teen, who was wearing a dark mask covering his face, shot at the brothers, grazing the forehead of one, and hitting the other in the chest and abdomen.
Police say Oscar Palacios, of Trenton, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The second victim, a 57-year-old Trenton man, was hospitalized and later released. The two men are brothers and employees of the deli.
The juvenile then fled the area on a bicycle. The juvenile was identified through surveillance video from the surrounding area from the time of the shooting.
The teen is charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, felony murder, and robbery - as well as firearm offenses. He is being held in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center.