MAYS LANDING- A Mays Landing man has been convicted on 8 counts by an Atlantic County jury in connection to a September 2017, shooting that killed one man and wounded several others, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Matthew Gonzalez, 29, of Mays Landing was convicted by a jury March 13, 2020, on the following charges:
- First degree Aggravated Manslaughter of Taufeeq Mitchell
- Second degree Aggravated Assault
- 2 Counts of 4th degree Aggravated Assault
- Second degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm without a Permit
- Second degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful purpose
- Second degree Attempted Bribery
- First degree Witness Tampering
“We would like to thank the jury for completing their service and for finding Matthew Gonzalez guilty of first degree aggravated manslaughter and first degree witness tampering along with the additional charges in the conviction. This incident occurred at a neighborhood cookout where there were children present and could have claimed more lives. This verdict sends a message that drug dealers and killers will not terrorize communities and then intimidate witnesses from testifying against them,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
On September 24, 2017, during a fight at the Brandywood Apartment Complex in the Township of Hamilton, Gonzalez opened fire killing Mitchell and injuring the 3 other individuals. Gonazalez has been arrested and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
A 911 call was received at the Hamilton Township Police department at 5:30 p.m., on Sunday September 24, 2017, for a report of shots fired and that several victims were shot at the Brandywood Townhomes.
“Taufeeq Mitchell’s mother was present each day during the trial and I hope this verdict brings her and her family some closure, as well as, closure to the other victims in this matter,” said Atlantic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Erik Bergman who represented the state in the trial.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 24, 2020.
The investigation is a cooperative effort between the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Hamilton Township Police Department. The Egg Harbor City Police Department and the New Jersey State Police also responded to the scene.
Anyone with information involving this crime or any serious crimes are asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.