EWING — Two brothers were shot at sunrise, one fatally, at a deli on the border with Trenton Monday morning.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said shots were fired at Priori’s Deli at the corner of Hillcrest Avenue and Holman Avenue around 6:10 a.m. Both men were hospitalized, and Oscar Palacios, 57, was pronounced dead. His brother, a 57-year-old Hamilton man, remains hospitalized.

"At this stage of the investigation, detectives are investigating all potential motives and
attempting to piece together what led up to the shooting of the men, which occurred inside
of the deli," Onofri said in a statement.

Police investigate a fatal shooting at Priori's Deli in Ewing 6/6/22
Police investigate a fatal shooting at Priori's Deli in Ewing 6/6/22 (Brian McCarthy)
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Brothers make improvements to a landmark

Photojournalist Brian McCarthy told New Jersey 101.5 that the brothers had recently taken over the operation of the deli. They made a number of improvements to the store and to the food, according to McCarthy, who is a regular.

"It's been a landmark and they made it more spacious, increased the space inside and it was just a nice ambiance," McCarthy said. "We knew we could go over there and get a great sandwich and talk to the brothers."

No arrests have been made. Onofri asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at 609-989-6406.

Police investigate a fatal shooting at Priori's Deli in Ewing 6/6/22
Police investigate a fatal shooting at Priori's Deli in Ewing 6/6/22 (Brian McCarthy)
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Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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