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Garfield man faces murder, weapons charges

A Garfield man faces first-degree homicide and weapons charges after a 33-year-old man was shot to death outside a Cliffside Park bar last weekend.

Bergen County prosecutors claim the two men were in an argument outside the bar before the shooting took place.

A number of residents in the area around the Anderson Avenue bar called police early Sunday to report the sound of gunfire at 2:41 a.m.

Detectives say the shooting victim had just left TJ's Boom Sports Dining Lounge when the suspect initiated an argument and then shot the victims several times.

When officers arrived, they found the Fairview resident "bleeding profusely." He was taken to a medical center in Teaneck, where he w as later pronounced dead.

The suspect fled the area, reportedly in the company of his girlfriend, in a dark-colored auto. The pair reportedly have a four-month-old child together.

The woman was also arrested by police; she faces charges of child endangerment and hindering law enforcement. She's accused of taking measures to hinder the police investigation.

Her boyfriend faces a charge of first-degree murder; police say the shooting was "planned." In addition to the homicide charge, he faces a charge of being in possession of a handgun with intent to use and possession of a handgun with no permit.

He was taken into custody in a Garfield apartment and then transported to the Bergen County Jail where he was booked and held in lieu of a $3 million bail.

Prosecutors said additional charges might be filed in the case.

Source:, "One dead and two charged in Cliffside Park shooting following alleged bar dispute,"July 9, 2012