Washington state teen arrested after 29-year-old woman killed, another hurt in Carteret

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Friday, June 14, 2024
19-year-old facing charges in shooting of two women in Carteret
Anthony Carlo has the latest on the arrest of the 19-year-old man from Washington State who is facing charges in the shootings of two women in Carteret.

CARTERET, New Jersey (WABC) -- A 19-year-old man from Washington state is facing charges in the shootings of two women in Carteret, killing one of them.

Guarav Gill of Kent, Washington, conferenced in from jail for his first court appearance on Thursday.

He is charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, one count of fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine and one count of first-degree attempted murder.

The shooting happened on a driveway a couple blocks away from the victims' home on Roosevelt Avenue shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

"They were on the driveway. They were laid out like they sustained injuries to their abdomen and their back," local business owner Josh Lenoff said.

Both victims were rushed to trauma centers via medivac helicopters.

Jasvir Kaur, 29, of Carteret, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The other victim a 20-year-old woman, of Carteret, is still in critical condition at University Hospital in Newark.

Gurmukh Singh was Kaur's landlord, but more like an uncle in their tight-knit Punjabi community.

"She's very nice, hardworking girl, very sweet," Singh said.

Security video from his home captured Kaur's final moments, leaving her apartment to follow after her younger cousin who abruptly left shortly before. Neither of the girls would return after being shot a couple of blocks away.

"Before that morning, last night, I'm here sitting. She came and said, 'hi uncle.' That's the last hi. That's it man. Over everything," Singh said.

Kaur lived in the upstairs apartment of a home on Roosevelt Avenue with her cousin and husband, who the landlord says was out of town for work and had to rush back.

The shooting prompted a manhunt for the suspect, who was eventually located in a residential backyard on Post Boulevard, just minutes away from the crime scene.

Middlesex County authorities say Gill is from Washington state, leaving them and other Carteret residents with so many questions.

"Nobody knows who this guy is, you know," said Carteret resident Harshpreet Kaur. "Why did you do this? We're all from the same community we should be supporting each other - this is not who we are."

Gill is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center pending the results of his pre-trial detention hearing.

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