LINDEN — Authorities are looking for the person or persons responsible for a fatal shooting of a city resident in a parking lot Wednesday night.

Linden Police responded to the 600 block of Morningside Avenue shortly after 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and found Grady Jilus, 29, suffering from serious injury, according to the preliminary investigation as detailed in a release from the Union County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday.

Jilus was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. RLS Metro Breaking News reported a suspect fled the scene.

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The Union County Homicide Task Force is now leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Prosecutor's Office Sgt. Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Detective Brandon Lorenz at 908-337-3230, or Linden Police Department Detective Matthew Jones at 908-474-8556.

Anonymous tips can be made at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or uctip.org, and a tip that leads to a conviction is eligible for up to a $5,000 reward.

Patrick Lavery is New Jersey 101.5's afternoon news anchor. Follow him on Twitter @plavery1015 or email patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com.

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