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Man Gunned Down Inside NJ Apartment on Christmas Eve

Mercer County investigators allege a Philadelphia man pistol-whipped a woman and fatally shot a man inside a Trenton apartment

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A Philadelphia resident is accused of gunning down a man in Trenton, New Jersey, on Christmas Eve.

Trenton police responded to a Walnut Avenue apartment Saturday night to find 40-year-old Junior Rodriguez suffering from a gunshot wound to his head, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri's Office said Sunday.

Rodriguez was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later, investigators said.

Investigators alleged that Philadelphia's Fausto Adalberto-Rodriguez showed up to the apartment around 7 p.m. looking for his ex-girlfriend. An altercation then took place during which Adalberto-Rodriguez pistol whipped the woman with a handgun and then shot Rodriguez, investigators said.

After the shooting, Adalberto-Rodriguez drove off, the prosecutor's office said.

Adalberto-Rodriguez was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, investigators said. The 45-year-old was charged with murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses. The prosecutor's office asked that he be detained until his trial.

It was unclear if Adalberto-Rodriguez had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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