South Orange arrest made in shooting of Maplewood man in Union

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Feb. 23 Police arrested a suspect in the Feb. 5 shooting of a Maplewood man in the area of Walker and William streets, according to a release from the Union Police Department.

Following an investigation, the suspect, Isaiah “Zay” Jackson, who has addresses in both Newark and South Orange, was arrested. According to the press release, detectives and members of the FBI Fugitive Task Force had been searching for Jackson since the shooting and had finally located him at a relative’s home in South Orange on Feb. 23.

Jackson was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Union Police Department where he was formally charged. He is charged with aggravated assault, weapons possession and certain persons not to have a weapon.

According to police, Jackson is a Grape Street Crips Gang member and associates with a Newark set. His bail was set at $500,000 by Union Municipal Court Judge Jonathan Rosenbluth. Jackson was sent to the Union County Jail.

Officers on the scene of the shooting on Feb. 5 had found an adult lying in the grass in the garden apartment complex. The wounded man, a 19-year-old man from Maplewood, was unconscious and bleeding from his torso and neck area and was taken to a trauma center; he survived.

The investigation is continuing. Detectives are attempting to identify other suspects involved in this shooting. If anyone has any information, contact the Union Police Department Detective Bureau at 908-851-5030.

These charges are merely accusations. All persons are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.

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