Suspects still sought 1 year after killing of Rahway sneaker shop owner Jamal Gaines

Rahway police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office are asking the public's help identifying two men wanted in connection with the 2016 murder of sneaker shop owner Jamal Gaines.

Gaines was shot and killed nearly a year ago on Feb. 26, 2016 inside his shop on the 1500 block of Irvington Street in Rahway.

Authorities have re-released video clips taken from surveillance footage recorded just before the shooting in the hopes that someone recognizes the men.

Police say the two masked suspects came into the sneaker shop through the back utility door. They got into a physical struggle with Gaines, which ended when Gaines was fatally shot. The suspects escaped through the same back doorway.

One of the suspects has a pronounced limp, according to police. The man with the limp was wearing dark pants, light-colored sneakers, and a dark hooded sweatshirt with a light-colored patch on the left arm. The other suspect appeared to be wearing a lighter-colored hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and brown or beige shoes. Both brandished handguns.

Union County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $10,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Anyone who might have any information about the shooting is asked to call the tip line at 908-654-8477 or text "UCTIP" plus a message to 274637.

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