SOMERS POINT MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER IN 2016 ATLANTIC CITY SHOOTING


Luis Maisonet

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic County jury has convicted Luis Maisonet for the September 2016, murder of 26 year-old Christopher Romero, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

“Maisonet callously killed Christopher Romero in front of several witnesses, and threatened other lives through his selfish, cowardly actions. At trial he showed no remorse. While this verdict will not bring back Mr. Romero, it serves as yet another example of the deadly prevalence of domestic violence in our society,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

Maisonet was found guilty by a jury on Thursday afternoon of the following:

 

  • Murder- facing life in New Jersey state prison
  • Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose- up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison
  • Aggravated Assault by Pointing a Firearm at a Person- 18 months in New Jersey state prison
  • Unlawful Possession of a Firearm- up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Person- up to 10 years in New Jersey state prison

“This was a senseless tragedy and we are gratified that the jury recognized it for what it was – cold blooded murder. Christopher Romero was a father of two, including a child who was born after his death. We hope this verdict gives some kind of peace and comfort to the victims,” said First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill.

On Sept. 1, 2016, the Atlantic City Police Department, the New Jersey State Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office responded to “The Walk,” at approximately 12:00 p.m., where a man was discovered shot in the Zumiez Store at The Walk. The male victim who was identified as Romero, of Absecon, was transported to the Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center, City Division where he was pronounced dead.

Maisonet, 56, of Somers Point, who was identified as the shooter, fled the scene, and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The case was prosecuted by First Assistant Prosecutor Cary Shill and Assistant Prosecutor Brett Yore.

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 Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://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.

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