SHORT HILLS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Mall at Short Hills became a crime scene Sunday night after a carjacking victim was shot in a parking garage, law enforcement officials said.
A husband and wife were approaching their 2012 silver Range Rover on the third floor of the garage near Nordstrom when they were attacked by two black males, Essex County Acting Prosecutor Carolyn Murray told reporters Sunday night. One of the suspects shot the 30-year-old Hudson County man in the head, Murray said. He was transported to a nearby hospital and is in grave condition.
The woman was not injured, but she is being evaluated at the hospital, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.
Police are looking for the suspects, who were last seen driving the couple’s Range Rover and were believed to be headed eastbound on New Jersey Route 24. The vehicle’s license plate number is New Jersey U26BVD. Anyone who has has seen the vehicle is asked to call police.
The carjacking occurred around 9 p.m., shortly after the mall, which had hundreds of holiday shoppers inside, closed for the evening, prosecutors said. The mall was placed on lockdown for about 30 minutes.
One man who works at a restaurant in the shopping center told Sanchez he heard two or three gunshots.
“The table in the back stood up really fast,” he said. ” … They started panicking. I peeked my head out of this door right here, and I heard a lady screaming on the top of her lungs, screaming some name.”
The upscale Mall at Short Hills includes Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
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