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Ridgefield Man Shot, Killed in New Jersey

A 21-year-old Ridgefield man was shot multiple times on Sunday in Montclair, NJ.


The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has identified the man shot on William Street in Montclair, New Jersey Sunday night as Brian Schiavetti, 21, of Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Few additional details were released about the shooting, which took place around 6:40 p.m. A statement issued from Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose said the investigation is ongoing but it appears that Schiavetti was targeted.

Schiavetti's body was found on a first floor hallway of a three-story apartment building. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene after Montclair police and the prosecutor's office responded to the scene.

Late Sunday, the office said that the man was shot multiple times and found in the first floor hallway of a three-story apartment building.

Police arrived at 25 William Street after getting a report of shots fired, said Ambrose. Police do not yet have a motive for the shooting, Ambrose confirmed Monday, though he said the shooting appeared to be "isolated."

Also on Monday, Montclair Detective Lt. Angel L. Roman Jr. said an "active investigation" is ongoing. "We cannot release anything," he said.

But anyone with information is being asked to contact the Prosecutor's Hotline, 1-877-847-7432; or the Montclair Police Department, 973-744-1234. All calls will be kept confidential.

The area where the shooting took place is mainly residential, with multi-family homes, about a block southeast of Valley Road, and not far from Tierney's Tavern and Nauna's, a popular Italian restaurant.

There is no other information available at this time, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

Neighbors had gathered shortly after the shooting, but declined to be interviewed as investigators worked the scene nearby.

On Monday, William Street was deserted except for a postal worker and one elderly woman.

The woman, who said her name was Gladys, said the neighborhood where the shooting occurred was called Frog Hollow because of the Hollow Day Care Center that used to be located nearby.

"This is a nice place ... we don't get things like this happening around here," she said. "There must have been a reason someone did this because we don't have this kind of crime around here."

Homicides in Montclair are rare, with only one occurring in 2011. In that case, a 31-year-old waitress named Shazina Khan was found dead in her apartment near Glenfield Park last July. Her estranged husband was arrested in the murder.

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