Man who shot store manager at Atlantic City outlets facing murder charge
ATLANTIC CITY — Police have charged a Somers Point man with murder in the death of a 26-year-old clothing store manager who was fatally shot during a "domestic dispute" at The Walk outlets last week.
Luis A. Maisonet, 55, faces charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Romero, of Absecon.
According to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, the shooting took place just after noon on Sept. 1. Authorities say Maisonet walked into the Zumiez clothing store in the Tanger Outlets on Christopher Columbus Boulevard, fatally shot Romero, then fled across the street to the White House Black Market store where he turned the gun on himself, police said.
Christopher Cummings, a vacationing police sergeant from Bellmawr in Camden County, happened to be at the shopping plaza. According to Bellmawr police, Cummings jumped into action before local police arrived and wrestled the gun from Maisonet.
Romero and Maisonet were both taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center—City Division. Romero was pronounced dead at 12:47 p.m., while Maisonet was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
Atlantic City Police and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene after receiving several 911 calls.
Authorities say the shooting was a domestic-related incident and the two men knew each other, but police did not disclose the nature of their relationship.
Maisonet has been charged with the following: first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, second-degree possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, third-degree possession of a firearm while prohibited pursuant to a prior domestic order and unlawful possession of a firearm without a permit to carry.
Maisonet was arrested by Atlantic County Major Crimes Unit detectives at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where he remains guarded by law enforcement officers. His bail has been set at $1 million cash with no 10 percent option. His first court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 1 p.m.
If convicted on the murder charge, Maisonet faces 30 years to life in prison. A second-degree conviction could result in a 10-20-year sentence and a third-degree conviction could mean 3 to 5 years imprisonment.
The prosecutor's office did not elaborate on Maisonet's previous convictions and could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday evening.
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