LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death inside an Applebee’s restaurant next to a New Jersey mall.
The Mercer County prosecutor’s office says 23-year-old Devin Smith was shot in the back of the head at about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday while sitting at the bar of the chain restaurant near the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Township.
Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Prosecutor Angelo Onofri says his office will be looking at surveillance video from inside the restaurant and gathering as much information as possible from customers who witnessed the shooting.
He said “We have several promising leads and are hoping to make an arrest soon.”
It was the first homicide in the community in more than 16 years.