A member of the Teamsters union, father of two gunshot dead at “popular” East Orange Speakeasy establishment

Eastern Orange

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office is actively searching for a suspect who shot dead a man inside an alleged after-hours popular East Orange facility being held in a town house .

Dedicated and concerned Essex County District Attorney’s detectives working on the case quickly approach a suspect who was frequenting – what residents called – an after-hours facility.

“They did business on our South Clinton Street near South Orange Avenue most weekends in the Residential District.” “City officials knew about it because we told them,” residents said.

During the preliminary investigation, East Orange Police responded to reports of gunfire at around 3:30 am They arrived to find a man inside the basement of the house, injured. shot in the head.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to RLS Media that the incident was a confirmed homicide investigation, but did not have the victim’s identity to release on Sunday afternoon.

Friends and family of the victim identified the man as Mr. Shakur Robinson, 34, of Newark, who medical staff declared dead at the scene. Robinson was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 210 and a father of two young children.

According to sources close to the investigation, RLS Media learned that Mr Robinson was inside the alleged speakeasy establishment with an acquaintance and around four other people, when a man left the area after hours. opening then quickly returned with a gun.

The source said very little, if any, conversations had taken place between the two men before the suspect walked over to Robinson, pointed the gun to his head and then pulled the trigger. The attacker then fled the scene and is still at large on Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Residents in the area who heard the popping dialed 911, which triggered a response from East Orange Police.

“There has always been after-hours activity inside the house, but it is generally peaceful and involves family members,” said residents of South Clinton Street. “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we noticed that the organizer began to allow ‘odd’ looking people and members without family inside,” residents said.

The facility’s organizer was among several questioned by authorities, but no charges have been filed against anyone interviewed by detectives yet.

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately issue an official statement. Still, sources said the murderous shooting of Mr Robinson’s relationship with female acquaintance who may have had “some sort” of connection to the suspect.

Residents of East Orange and Essex County have reported an increase in the number of establishments open after the pandemic.

Through Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 183, minimized business in local bars and eliminated alcohol consumption at state bar counters, illegal events lead to a host of other problems, stemming from cramped and dangerous spaces not meant to host parties . Illicit drugs, participants with guns, the illegal sale of alcohol and, of course, disregard for the rules meant to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Dianne Weiss, Executive Director of the New Jersey Licensed Beverage Association, an industry group representing 800 bars across the state, said illegal after-hours establishments should come as no surprise to anyone during these times.

In a press release sent to New Jersey Advanced Media, Weiss said: “I’m sure this is a direct reaction to the fact that we are prohibited from serving alcohol after 10 a.m.,” said Weiss, who, although he represents bar owners, was somewhat sympathetic to measurements.

She pointed to New York, where indoor dining is banned, and Pennsylvania, where it has also been banned but has just resumed. “We are fortunate to have business,” she said.

“At least in our establishments, we have to follow the rules,” she said. “We have to wear our masks; we have to follow the occupancy requirements. With the emergence of these illegal bars, they only make it worse for the rest of us.

A hardworking trade unionist, excellent father and law-abiding citizen, Mr. Robinson enjoyed evening entertainment and frequented county lounges and restaurants after working hard at his job.


the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with 1.4 million members, is one of the largest unions in the world. It is also the most diverse union in the United States.


Officials said the union represents everyone from A to Z – from airline pilots to zookeepers. One in ten union members is a Teamster. They did not immediately post a commentary on Robinson’s murder.


Mr Robinson’s homicide is the subject of an active and ongoing investigation, with the Essex County District Attorney’s Office leading the way.