EDISON — A Friday night party at an Indian restaurant devolved into a deadly shooting early Saturday morning.

A 31-year-old Newark man was pronounced dead after being shot outside the Akbar Indian Cuisine Restaurant at the Quality Inn near Route 1, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey. Police were notified about the shooting just before 2 a.m.

Police told RLS Metro Breaking News the man was shot in the head.

A 40-year-old man from Newark was seriously injured and remained hospitalized Saturday morning, according to Carey.

A promotional pamphlet posted by RLS described the event as the "official birthday bash for Rich, the G.O.A.T. of NJ nightlife." Carey described it as a "reggae event."

Police investigate a shooting at the Akbar Indian Cuisine Restaurant in Edison (RLS Metro Breaking News)

Carey did not disclose a motive for the shooting or a description of who fired the shots.

Police told RLS Metro Breaking News they were searching for a silver vehicle that left the restaurant after the shooting.

Mayor Thomas Lankey called the shootings "tragic and upsetting."

"I am confident that Edison's well-trained Police Department, working in conjunction with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, can and will bring to justice the person or persons responsible,” he said Saturday afternoon.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNJ

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