A 17-year-old male suspect has been arrested and charged on Friday in connection to the brutal murder of a restaurant owner early Thursday in Paterson, New Jersey.
Rui Zhou, 29, was in his car with his wife making their last delivery for their Chinese restaurant Ming’s Kitchen around 1 a.m. near 404 East 34th Street when a teenager approached their car and fatally shot him in the face, CBS NY reports.
Zhou and his 29-year-old wife Xiaomei Liu had just recently purchased the restaurant on Vreeland Avenue two or three months prior. They were staying in an apartment above the establishment.
According to investigators, the suspect demanded money from the victims after pulling out a handgun on them.
After a brief scuffle, Zhou was able to drive away but unfortunately crashed his Toyota Highlander while fleeing. Zhou’s wife was seated at the passenger’s side of the vehicle but was not injured.
Zhou was brought to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson but was soon pronounced dead, making Zhou the hospital’s fourth homicide this year.
The suspect, a 17-year-old, was apprehended and is expected to appear in family court as a juvenile on Tuesday. He has been charged with acts of delinquency which would constitute the crimes of first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder, robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon.