A 14-year-old has been charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy in Greenville.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, the young man was arrested yesterday at the prosecutor’s office in Secaucus by members of the office’s Homicide Unit in connection with the fatal shooting of Tyshawn Smith, 15, of Jersey City. 

The 14-year-old is charged as a juvenile with Aggravated Manslaughter and two counts of Possession of a Weapon.

Because juvenile matters are confidential, the prosecutor said that no additional information can be released at this time. 

The shooting took place on Monday, June 5, 2023, at approximately 4:20 a.m. at 124 Wilkinson Avenue. When responding officers arrived, they found Smith with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at approximately a short time later.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of ceath to be a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the manner of death to be homicide. 

On the morning of the killing, a neighbor reported hearing shots ring out at some time between 4 and 5 a.m. The street was closed off a short time later.

In recent years, the residents of Wilkinson Avenue have complained of lawlessness and gang activity. In October, a shootout took place at 133 Wilkinson Ave.

The extent of crime generally, and shootings in particular, in Jersey City is difficult to assess. Without explanation, the Fulop administration stopped publishing monthly CompStat crime data in June of 2019.

New York City and Newark residents have access to weekly crime data, including shootings, from weekly CompStat reports posted on their respective websites.

Aaron is a writer, musician and lawyer. Aaron attended Berklee College of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase. Aaron served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. He received a J.D....