A Bridgeton man arrested after a manhunt by authorities has been indicted for allegedly shooting and killing a city resident in July 2011.
A grand jury indicted Jose R. Rodriguez this week on charges of murder, aggravated assault and other weapons offenses, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said.
Rodriguez, 23, of the 500 block of North Pearl Street, is lodged in the Cumberland County jail on $1 million bail.
Authorities allege Rodriguez shot Andre E. Harris on Giles Street at close range about noon July 15, 2011. The incident occurred after an altercation between Rodriguez and Harris at the house July 14, they said.
Authorities are not commenting on the nature of the altercation.
Rodriguez fled the scene on a red mountain bike after the incident, authorities said. He surrendered to authorities July 19 after being sought by members of the city’s Police Department, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Marshall’s Regional Fugitive Task Force.
As for Harris, authorities said he was shot in a leg and in the rib area. Residents took Harris to South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland, where he was pronounced dead, they said.
The shooting occurred about a block away from a Prosecutor’s Office building and Cumberland County’s courthouse.
The incident involving Rodriguez and Harris was one of two fatal shootings that occurred in Bridgeton in a week.
On July 21, 2011, Joseph R. Elliot, 31, of Elmer Street, died after being shot once in the face at about 11:20 p.m. in the Maple Garden Apartments complex off South East Avenue. He was pronounced dead at South Jersey Healthcare Bridgeton Medical Center, where he was taken by bystanders.
Authorities arrested 31-year-old John A. Walker of Green Avenue. He is charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
Walker is being held in the Cumberland County jail on $750,000 bail.
The shooting occurred after an argument between Elliott and at least two other people, authorities said.
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