NEWARK — Authorities are looking for answers connected to the mysterious shooting death of a city resident.

The local police department and county prosecutor's office announced on Thursday that it is investigating the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Nazier Taylor, who was "dropped off by car" at East Orange General Hospital just before 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Taylor was suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to University Hospital in Newark. He succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m., authorities said.

A preliminary investigation indicates the shooting occurred on Columbia Avenue. No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information related to the incident, which police are treating as a homicide, is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Office at 1-877-TIPS-4EC.

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