PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A suspect in an alleged botched robbery plot that ended in the shooting death of a New Jersey high school graduate pleads for police to save the teen’s life in newly released 911 calls.
Passaic County prosecutors released the recording from the June 26 incident in Paterson on Thursday, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.
The shooting happened just hours after Rinas graduated from Wayne Valley High School.
In the frantic 911 call, Cole, also 18, can be heard yelling at Rinas to put pressure on his gunshot wound.
“He’s dying,” Cole tells the dispatcher. “You’ve got to get someone here right now.”
Authorities said Rinas and Cole drove to Paterson the night of the shooting so Rinas could buy a gun. They have not said why Rinas wanted to buy one.
Cole and Rinas first drove to Hamilton Avenue where they met Cowan, who told them to park their car on Fair Street at the corner of East 18th Street, police said.
It was there that police said Faircloth walked up to the car, got into the driver’s side backseat, pulled out a gun and demanded money.
After getting the cash, Faircloth ordered Cole out of the car and then tried to get more money from Rinas, who didn’t have any, prosecutors said.
As Faircloth got out of the car, Rinas opened the driver’s side door. That’s when Faircloth fired one shot, hitting Rinas in the neck, prosecutors said. Faircloth then took off on foot and Rinas collapsed to the ground, authorities said.
In the more than three-minute 911 call, Cole tells the dispatcher that a man walked up to the car and shot Rinas.
“My friend just got shot,” Cole said. “He came over to the car and held a gun to the car.”
In the recording, bystanders can be heard coming to the scene and asking Cole what happened.
“Where did he get hit?” Cole asks someone in the background before discovering the wounds. “It went through his neck! The hole is in his neck.”
Near the end of the call, Cole’s voice begins to crack with emotion.
“Oh my God,” he said. “You guys gotta get over here now. He’s bleeding out.”
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes has said authorities don’t believe the shooting was part of the plan.
“The plan was to have him robbed and in the course of that plan, he was shot,” Valdes said last month.
Cole and Cowan are charged with felony murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, authorities said. Faircloth is charged with murder and related weapons offenses, prosecutors said.
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