NJ man pleads guilty in 2008 shooting rampage

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Posted: Apr 26, 2011 6:04 PM
NJ man pleads guilty in 2008 shooting rampage

A New Jersey man faces 35 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in a shooting rampage that left a Rutgers University student dead and two people, including a police officer, wounded.

Thirty-year-old Shaquan Johnson of Newark would have to serve 85 percent of his sentence, or nearly 30 years, under his plea deal. Sentencing is scheduled for June 7.

Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday in state Superior Court to aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

Prosecutors said he picked targets at random as he drove around the town of Irvington with a .40-caliber handgun in the early morning hours of April 20, 2008.

He first shot 23-year-old Hakeem Hall, wounding him in the wrist. He then drove up to Rutgers student Gary Farrar Jr., who was standing outside his house, and shot him in the face. Farrar and a friend were waiting for two female friends to park a car when the shooting occurred.

Shortly after that, Johnson fired at police Sgt. John Van Bevel injuring him in the hip.

Johnson was arrested several hours later.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger