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Short Hills Mall Carjacking Victim Always Had a 'Smile and a Laugh'

Dustin Friedland, 30, a Hoboken attorney, was killed in parking garage and his SUV was recovered Monday in Newark.

Dustin and Jamie Friedland (Facebook photo)
Dustin and Jamie Friedland (Facebook photo)
The man shot and killed during a carjacking outside The Mall at Short Hills Sunday night has been identified as a Hoboken attorney who was athletic and "made life better for everyone around him."

Dustin Friedland, 30, was shot in the head when he and his wife returned to their SUV shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, the prosecutor's office said. Friedland was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Morristown Medical Center. His wife was not injured but also transported to the hospital, the prosecutor's office said.

Friedland was fatally shot after struggling with the two carjackers, anonymous law enforcement officials told NJ.com. Friedland's wife was then ordered out of the vehicle before the two thieves drove off—one in the couple's silver Range Rover and a second man in a green sport utility vehicle, the sources told NJ.com.

The couple's Range Rover was recovered Monday morning on the 200 block of Renner Avenue in Newark, the prosecutor's office said.

Friedland, who lived in Hoboken, was originally from Toms River, according to his Facebook page.

Nick Malfitano, a Patch writer who was Friedland's classmate at Toms River North, said Friedland was "a good man and a great classmate of mine at Toms River North who made life better for everyone around him."

He said he was "intelligent, funny and always ready with a smile and a laugh."

Edward Keller, principal of Toms River North, was not principal when Friedland attended, but he noted he was an avid swimmer and rower.

"We’re all, of course, shocked and saddened by what happened," he said. "When we found out it was one of our alumni, it really hit home."

He said people speak highly of Friedland, saying he was "a great kid, the kind of kid who really went with the flow."

The Asbury Park Press reported that in 1999, Friedland was named Eagle Scout for Troop 29 in Toms River, and in 2002, the then-19-year-old Friedland posed as George Washington for an America’s Day celebration at the Pine Beach Elementary School.

He competed in the N.J. Rowing Championship in 2001, and as a swimmer, placed third in the Toms River North-Brick Memorial 500-yard freestyle meet in 2000, according to Press files, as reported Monday.

More recently, Friedland had been a member of the Hoboken Harriers Running Club. Running club members expressed shock and offered their condolences Monday on the group's Facebook page.

"He was such a nice guy," HOHA member Joe DeFlora wrote. "He and his wife were only married a short time. She must be devastated."

Friedland, a 2009 grad of Syracuse Law School, was a project manager/estimator at Neptune-based Epic Mechanical Inc., according to his LinkedIn profile.

The shooting briefly placed the mall on lockdown as a precaution, according to ABC News. The lockdown was lifted at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday when officials determined the shooting was an isolated incident and not a shooting inside the mall.

Access to the parking garage's fifth level was blocked off Monday. A guest services representative would not say whether security was increased since the shooting, but said the mall "has excellent security out there everyday, as well as members of the Millburn police department."

Michael J. McAvinue, the mall's general manager, said they would consider reviewing their procedures in the aftermath of the shooting, according to NJ.com.

Some shoppers said Monday the incident isn't going to stop them from returning to the mall.

One woman, who declined to be identified, said she and her husband shop the mall a few times a week.

"It's a great place," she said.

She said Sunday night's incident could have happened anywhere and added, "if anything, I feel safer today than any other time I have been here because of all the security here today."

The shooting outside The Mall at Short Hills comes just more than a month after a black-clad man armed with a .22 caliber rifle opened fire in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus.

The chaotic scene there forced officials to swarm en masse to the locked-down shopping plaza in an effort to hunt down 20-year-old Richard Shoop, of Teaneck.

Shoop did not appear intent on injuring anyone during his slow-paced walk among frenzied mall shoppers, according to Bergen County officials, who said he fired several rounds into the air before taking his own life inside a mall store.

Sunday's fatal carjacking may be related to a car-theft ring that has recently struck the tri-state area, The New York Post reported Monday.

The gunmen didn’t target Friedland specifically, an unnamed source told The Post. More than likely they were simply after his $65,000 Range Rover, he said.

In July, a couple in a high-end Maserati was carjacked at gunpoint on Watchung Avenue in Chatham, approximately 2 miles from The Mall at Short Hills.

A number of carjackings have occurred in recent memory at the mall, including one in 2009, one in 2006, and another in 2002, according to NJ.com.

The Essex County Crime Stopper's Program is offering a $10,000 reward for any information on Sunday night's killing, according to the prosecutor's office. No arrests have been made.

If anyone has any information or tips on Sunday night's incident, call the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force line at 1-877-847-7432.

Joseph Gerace, Dan Nee and Zak Koeske contributed to this story.
Stephen Martin December 22, 2013 at 08:18 AM
White people are the cause of so much of this Negro violence. They have falsely and illogically authorized and validated a vicious and violent species to walk the streets unleashed and/or unattended. 21st century science is clear, negroids are a biologically and genetically differing species that should be relocated to their natural habitat for everyone's safety.
FrankS December 22, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Stephen Martin you are a disgrace to the human race even more to Caucasians if you are one. You turned back the clock on this country 150 years with your bigoted comments. See my post from Saturday am.
Nile west December 22, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Steven Martin you were the garbage I was referring about in my previous post, your parent should be proud they did a perfect job raising a bigot as yourself.It's animals like you who should have receive that bullet instead of this innocent guy.And yeah people like you created these monsters, your comments alone speaks volumes.Lynch mob mentally...... So sad poor excuse of a human being to even think of such flit to say in these day and time.My dear explain to us what makes you so superior.
Nile west December 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Oh I have an idea,why don't they unleash the four negroids in a cage with you and your fellow slave master and let see what happens..... Because sweetheart your noose/ whip wouldn't be able to contain those negro violence, you would wish they was relocated to their natural habitat.(where ever that is i guess it's the land where Stephen Martin lives)it's people like you and those thugs that make others stereotype ones race.But I can proudly say I have Caucasian friends and I would not trade them for love/ money.We are all the human race,so when taking the time out to look down on a particular race as animal/ murderers , how would you label The young man who kill so many children and their teachers/principal ,the young woman who just lost her fight to a gun shot wound to the head in another school shooting.... And I could go on.Take some time and reflect ,to hate a race because of a few sour apple is highly uneducated.
Cranky Fake December 23, 2013 at 07:43 AM
"It's animals like you who should have receive that bullet instead of this innocent guy." Nile West This coming from a college student on his break about someone offering an opinion (a pretty racists opinion at that) on this forum. Speaks volumes about how divided we are.
Nile west December 23, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Cranky fake,funny how you over look Stephen Martin racist comment.Or your just one person with several moniker.How creative,love your speech.I see the monkey/animal had the ability to teach this human a new trick.How impressive,this is all the more reason why as a med student I have to vigorously pursuit my career,because some are taught monkey/animal doesn't have the intelligence to be nothing less than a human.You mention divided..... I suggest you dig deep in your history.I can prouldly say I had the luxury to have two parents in a home who brought me up to not dislike someone because of the color of one skin..... If your truly want to see racist comment stroll,I just speak the fact of then and now.
Cranky Fake December 30, 2013 at 09:59 PM
For a med student you cannot spell or write very well.
Nile west January 01, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Do I smell jealousy.....,guess what it got me into med school. Class of 2017,send a post of your info...I'ill send you an invitation
Cranky Fake January 01, 2014 at 10:25 PM
No need to be jealous, I can spell and write just fine. All the good doctors are going to bail once Obamacare kicks in, so we will need a new crop that will work like dogs to pay off their astronomical student loans. Have fun.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 01, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Cranky Fake, You are wrong, they will lower the bar in med school and crank out a but load of doctors. Medical school will be reduced to a 4 year program and they will be thrown out into the hospitals with little guidance from older doctors.
Cranky Fake January 01, 2014 at 10:47 PM
@2nd, I stand corrected. Your theory explains young Nile's lack of command of written English and a general hatred towards those he/she does not know. Don't know if you noticed, but the post that he/she responded to was me "quoting" Nile on what he said should happen to another poster. I was also accused of ignoring the racist overtones of SM's comments, however if Nile had any reading comprehension, they would have noticed that I did refer to the post as pretty racist. Alas, there is no hope for any of us if this is the future of those going into medicine.
Nile west January 02, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Love the comments.......It will make me work even harder thank for the motivation.oh love the racial under tone.My future as a physician is pretty lovely.Cranky fake is that your wish because black are becoming successful doctors?Sorry it will never happen... You are so laughable.......Oh cranky fake I don't mind working like a dog with a Md title bow down.Happy New Year!
Cranky Fake January 02, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Nile, I call BS on you being a student in a Medical School. In my opinion, the way you write is not indicative of someone who had the grades, certainly not in any English courses, that would have permitted you into a undergrad program that would have gotten you into medical school. You might be taking some biology classes, thinking you are pre-med and will eventually become a doctor, but Med school, don't believe it for a second. Where did you do your undergrad studies and what Medical School are you attending? MSAT score?
Nile west January 02, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Colombia, Albert Einstein School Of Medicine,no took bio years ago.Yes I'm black, yes I'm heading to become a doctor.Your opinion means nothing to me, you racist scum had I been another race we both know you would've given me such a hard time.Take care professor Cranky in your world writing on a silly blog determine if your a med student or not.... Get a f$&@/!g life !!!!
cherokee1934 January 02, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Nile west if you are really trying to be a Medical Doctor then you need to learn to spell better...and use better language.
Nile west January 02, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Thank for your taught......class of 2017 I'll remember clowns like you on grauduation.
Cranky Fake January 02, 2014 at 11:23 PM
In a earlier post on this thread, you call yourself a college student home on break, then all of a sudden you are Dr to be Nile. If you are a med student you never would have made that mistake. Columbia must really be lowering its standards if someone that writes and spells as poorly as you was accepted.
Cranky Fake January 02, 2014 at 11:26 PM
And I am giving you a hard time because I don't like you, not because of your color, but because of the asinine nonsense you wrote to others on this thread. Besides outing liars is so entertaining.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 02, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Cranky fake, If this Obamacare continues to infiltrate our society the standards will have to lowered to accomodate this new system. When you go to the doctor, you will probably be treated by a high level nurse. Only extreme cases will you see a doctor as we once knew them. The severity of your condiction will gradually rachette you up to see a real doctor. There will be such a shortage of "real doctors". This administration has really destroyed this country and its future. It is ashame that so many uneducated voters will fall for the free stuff routine. astonishing and sad. Good bye NJ. you liberal aholes.
Nile west January 03, 2014 at 08:44 AM
Your so correct, I am lowering my standard with the back and forth in a debate with Fox News bigots such as yourself.As much as you would like for it to be a lie this nigger will be the class of 2017.Anything that has to do with people of color the bar has to be lower..... You spoke a mouth full in your taught process the blacks aren't allow to have the education to excell, sweetheart think again it's happening.With that being said you can crawl back in that ass- hole you crawl out of.Class of 2017 sit and weep!!!! Take care
Cranky Fake January 03, 2014 at 12:53 PM
"your taught process" I rest my case.
Cranky Fake January 03, 2014 at 01:10 PM
The funny or sad part is that these comment boxes have spell check, so Nile you are too stupid to know what words to even use and so low class that you would demean yourself with your own words. If I thought for a minute your were a product of Columbia University, I would sit and weep. Thankfully I am quite sure there are quite a few fine students in the class of 2017, they must love having you around to keep the grade curve low. Why did you not share your MSAT score?
Cranky Fake January 03, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Final Nail in Nile's proverbial coffin, the Albert Einstein School of Medicine is not on break. If a student, young Nile should have known that classes are back in session, however closed for the weather today as posted on their website and copied below. Nile, remember my work like a dog comment, what did you think, medical school gives students weeks off because of Santa Claus? Students Update: January 3 at 6:30 AM Classes for 2016 and 2017: Classes for 1st-year and 2nd-year students have been cancelled. 3rd-year and 4th-year students should follow clerkship-specific guidelines and make any arrangements for safe transport and overnight accommodations, as necessary. Please see updates on Transportation Services, below.
Nile west January 03, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Thank cranky dog, got the memo long before you did,and no Santa doesn't give student a week off we get that prior to the holidays.... FYI my computer is with me at all times wether I'm in the hospital, on vacation so what's your point.It truly amaze me how obsess you are about me being a medical student, not because my writing isn't up to your standards that does make me one or you serious?wow I'm "elated" your wife have to be a boring chick,continue to google my school info or maybe better yet my full name to see if I do attend.... Would that calm your anxiety or should I prescribe you Prozac ,there's some form of mania going on for you to care so much about a complete stranger in med school; to the point of going on that person school web site it beyond psychotic.My advice to you seek professional help .CLASS OF 2017
Cranky Fake January 03, 2014 at 10:19 PM
MSAT score?
Cranky Fake January 03, 2014 at 10:26 PM
If my physician wrote like you, I would get a second opinion. We did google you and you came up as Kanye's developmentally disabled cousin.
Janie D. January 04, 2014 at 05:31 PM
After this disgusting back and forth pissing contest between a few folks on this board...who have forgotten what the post was about entirely...do you not realize that you have been arguing with a dyslexic virus??? Nile West...or West Nile -- take your pick, it amounts to the same. A disease that spreads and can be deadly. And if he (it) is any example of what we have to look forward to in our medical arena, that analogy would be extremely accurate. You, sir, are a prime example of the virus that Obamacare has unleashed on free Americans and would never qualify for med school under ANY other condition. You are a discredit to your race and the medical profession in general with an extensive, vitriolic vocabulary of hatred, racism, ebonics and illiteracy with nothing else to offer. You do, however prove how desperate the sub-par standards at Columbia have become. May your professors recognize the mistake in time for the rest of us and show swift courage in correcting the situation. Instead of exploiting that chip on your shoulder to pull Columbia down to the ghetto from whence you came, a true "doctor" would be striving diligently to rise above it. And...if you have anything to say, let me assure you that it would be pointless! Talk to the bird as I will waste no more time on garbage like you!
Nile west January 04, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Janie garbage? Have open your legs lately that the garbage your smelling love.Class of 2017.....
Nile west January 05, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Cranky fake,I'm confused did you say developmentally disable was your giving name and you dislike it so much you change it it cranky fake?To your bimbo chick Janie the only disease that's being spread is the vaginitis between her legs , main reason she smells like garbage.Sit on that bird cranky fake suffers from erectile dysfunction this why he has so much time to be on the blogs
Cranky Fake January 05, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Young Nile must be on his Gynecological rotation this week. Last week it was Psychological rotation that allowed him to offer up all the suggested medications for @2nd and I. (although I do believe Nile must have some experience with anti-psychotic medication) @Janie D. at this point you probably realize Nile is a piece of garbage and some of us on this forum are having a little fun with him/her. These exchanges have been so one sided, they could hardly be called pi**ing matches. In order to keep this comment on the topic of the senseless murder and the subsequent apprehension of 4 individuals (that were smart enough to use one of their mother's cars for the getaway): Many of the comments on this thread were about the animals that killed the victim. Then young Nile comes along to share why these poor "misguided" African American men, had no choice but to act the way they did, because of slavery, unemployment, racism, the system, and so forth. Needless to say a few folks took issue with that and here we are.

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