Officials: 3 charged in connection to shooting near Rutgers University, 4th remains at-large

The three suspects were arrested over the weekend for a shooting that happened early Friday morning.

Ali Reid

Apr 8, 2024, 9:56 PM

Updated 47 days ago


Three men have been arrested and are facing charges in connection to a shooting in New Brunswick near Rutgers University that left two students injured. Detectives are still working to identify a fourth suspect.
The suspected shooter, 22-year-old Christian Farmer, of New Brunswick, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.
Police received several reports on Friday of shots fired along Easton Avenue, just two blocks away from student housing. Law enforcement officials say a female student was struck by a stray bullet in her private residence.
A second male victim - also a student - was sent to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with injuries related to the shooting.
“We just heard gunshots and then I looked outside, walked out, saw the glass was shot, people were frantic and moving around,” said Niraj Jivani, owner of Nirvani’s Indian Kitchen.
Jivani recounted the terrifying moments early Friday morning that sent Rutgers University students and patrons running for their lives.
“I see people on the floor- stop, drop and rolling,” he said.
Local business owners reacted on Monday to the news of the arrests.
“It’s awesome because the street doesn’t deserve it, the New Brunswick Police Department and detectives worked hard for a while,” said Michael Schnhur, owner of Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and Chocolate. “They were here all day asking questions and I’m glad they got results.”
One student has since been released from the hospital, but the female is still receiving treatment at this time.
The other two suspects were identified as 22-year-old Ryan Nasi, of Hillsborough and 20-year-old Walter Rodriguez Cardenas, of Plainfield. They are facing multiple charges.
A fourth suspect remains at large. Anyone who might have information is urged to call the New Brunswick Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 732-745-5217.

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