Two reputed Jersey City gang members shot five people in retaliation for the murder of an associate several years earlier, federal authorities in Newark charged.
One of them, Jalil “Broadday” Holmes, 20, of East Orange, is already charged with shooting at a vehicle in Jersey City, wounding two men, before he was shot in the Newport Centre mall food court in January 2019.
In the new case, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said that Holmes and Jidon Rogers, 37, of Jersey City went with two other men to Lexington Avenue looking to shoot rivals on June 30, 2018.
The date was significant: It came exactly five years to the day that fellow Marvin Gardens gang member Jamiel Robinson, 28, of Irvington, was shot and killed near Bergen and Clinton avenues in Jersey City.
Holmes, Rogers and the two other men got out of a car driven by Rogers on Lexington Avenue near Kennedy Boulevard, brandished handguns and fired several shots into a crowd of people, authorities said at the time.
Five people were wounded.
One was hit in her upper right shoulder, another in his left thigh, another in his right calf, another in his right leg and the fifth in his left wrist, Carpenito said.
Both men were brought Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor, who ordered them held pending further court action on five counts each of both assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and Jersey City police with the investigation leading to the charges.
Handling the case for the government is Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Grace Latzer of Carpenito’s Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.
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