4 arrests made in fatal New Jersey mall carjacking

By Lateef Mungin, CNN


  • The incident happened at a mall
  • The victim was an attorney
  • His wife was unharmed

(CNN) — Authorities in New Jersey say they have four people in custody in connection with a fatal carjacking at a mall this month.

The arrests are connected to a shooting that left a young attorney dead on December 15 and stunned the state’s legal community.

The incident occurred on a parking deck of The Mall at Short Hills, police said, when attorney Dustin Friedland was walking with his wife to their 2012 silver Range Rover.

Friedland was walking behind the vehicle after opening his wife’s door and helping her get in when he was confronted, according to authorities.

A struggle ensued, authorities believe, and shots were fired. His wife heard the struggle and got out of the SUV, and the two attackers got in and drove off. She was not injured.

He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said it will release more details at a news conference Saturday morning.

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