Shooting Death at Applebee's in Lawrence Township, Investigation Ongoing

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

Investigators say the victim, 23-year-old Devin Smith, was sitting at the bar when he was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police in Mercer County are investigating a deadly shooting at an Applebee's in Lawrenceville. There were no other injuries.

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man shot to death inside an Applebee's restaurant next to a New Jersey mall. "Law enforcement says somebody went in there shot a guy in the head, right in the middle of the restaurant". "It's scary because you never know when it's going to happen", said Carole Ramdoo of Trenton. Police are searching for the driver of a black Chevy Suburban who took off after the shooting.


The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

A Lawrence Township man was shot and killed while he was sitting at the bar at the Applebee's restaurant on Route 1 shortly after midnight November 14, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. Investigators say someone opened fire, possibly inside the restaurant. This was the first homicide in Lawrenceville in 16 years.

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