Three charged in fatal Seamen Street shooting

by Jackie Weisser

Three men, two who remain at large, were charged Friday with the fatal shooting of  New Brunswick man, that also resulted in an injury to a bystander.


image005 Steven Perez and Jonathan Rodriguez have been charged in a March 1 murder, but remain at large.

Rahim Fuqua, 30, was found injured on the steps of his Seamen Street home on March 1, after three men opened fire and then ran off, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. He was pronounced dead on March 3.

Steven Perez, 19, Jonathan Rodriguez, 21, both of New Brunswick, and Christian A. Peguro, 25, of South Brunswick, have been charged with murder and conspiracy to possess a handgun. Peguro was arrested at the Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy where he was treated for a leg wound sustained du ring the shooting. He is now in custody at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Perez and Rodriguez remain at large. Bail for Perez has been set at $2 million and Rodriguez at $1 million.

The shooting occurred at 3:25 p.m., police said, and injured a bystander who was parked in a minivan near Fuqua’s home. The bystander, who was not identified, was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, treated for a gunshot wound to his left arm and released.

Fuqua was not a random victim, the release said, and his house has been the scene of prior

police investigations. Fuqua was armed with a handgun, the release said, but it appeared the weapon had not been fired.

The shooting is being investigated by New Brunswick Detective Brandt Gregus and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Prosecutor’s Office

The investigation is active and police are asking anyone with information call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at 732-745-4217, or Investigator Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3373.