MILLBURN — The 30-year-old man who was shot and killed during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills on Sunday night apparently struggled with his attackers shortly before he was killed, law enforcement sources told The Star-Ledger today.
Dustin Friedland, an attorney from Hoboken, tried to fend off the two men who tried to carjack his 2012 silver Range Rover at gunpoint in the mall parking lot around 9:10 p.m. on Sunday, according to the two sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
Friedland was shot in the head during the altercation, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray, and he died at Morristown Memorial Medical Center at 11:45 p.m. His wife was with him at the time, but she was not injured, Murray said.
Friedland had opened the front door of the Range Rover for his wife, and was trying to enter the vehicle himself when he was approached by the two carjackers, the sources said.
A struggle ensued, and several shots were fired, including the one that killed Friedland, the sources said. Investigators believe the shooter used a handgun, according to the sources.
NEWARK — Four men have been indicted on charges of killing a Hoboken attorney during a carjacking in December at The Mall at Short Hills, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today.
Basim Henry, 33, of South Orange, Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, and Karif Ford, 32, and Kevin Roberts, 35, both of Newark, were indicted in connection with the Dec. 15, 2013 murder of 30-year-old Dustin Friedland, prosecutors said.
The fatal shooting occurred when the four men carjacked Friedland as he and his wife entered their Range Rover on an upper level parking deck at the upscale mall in the Short Hills section of Millburn, prosecutors said.
Friedland’s widow, Jamie Schare Friedland, is pursuing a lawsuit against the mall’s owners as well as the Universal Protection Service, whose officers patrol the mall, and the Millburn-Short Hills Volunteer First Aid Squad.
Her lawsuit alleges the mall’s owners knew of the history of carjackings in Essex County and failed to take appropriate action.