Bouncer Shot and Killed At Bar

Police say bouncer was trying to break up a fight in the parking lot of a bar when he was shot to death early Monday morning.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office identified the man shot to death Monday behind on Main Street as Jacques Nelson, 32, of Orange. 

Nelson was employed as a bouncer and was breaking up a fight between patrons in the municipal parking lot when he was fatally shot at approximately 2 a.m., authorities said.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing. 

Someone from Misty's Bar, located at 277 Main St., was not immediately available for comment.  

Early Monday, West Orange police and the prosecutor's office Crime Scene Unit had the parking lot cordoned off with police tape. The bar is directly behind the Watchung Heights Police Substation on Washington Street and adjacent to businesses. 

Jack Becerra, who works at Community Business Services, whose rear door faces Misty's parking lot, said he has never had any problems with the area in the past. 

"I feel very secure around here," said Becerra. "But I am very surprised, especially because it happened right next to a police substation. ... It is certainly an eye opener." 

Mayor Robert Parisi issued a press release about the shooting Monday evening. 

“Last night’s shooting was a tragic event that has shocked the Township," wrote Parisi in a press release, "and is a terrible reminder of the gun violence that happens every single day in our country. 

... On behalf of the Township, I would like to express our sympathies to the victim’s family. I would also like to thank our residents and businesses for their patience and cooperation as this investigation continues.”

Few additional details were released by the police, though the prosecutor's office asked anyone with information about the crime to contact its Tips Line at: 1-877-847-7432.

Tom G. August 08, 2012 at 02:09 AM
A greater police presence on the street would not have made any difference in preventing this crime. Looks to me like this bar (and maybe others) need to start screening the people who walk in. If that means frisking every person before they enter then so be it.
eva August 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
this is an unfortunate tragic event. what do you expect from drunk people? seriously. it's like that everywhere. whether it's a "good" neighborhood or the "hood". or are you just saying that cause majority of the people that go there are latinos? anyway i hope they find the shooter.
eva August 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
plenty do but a person can easily go to their car and get a weapon.
David Peart August 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
@shona, I suppose you'll be retracting that statement now that the perp has been identified.
fabiana de los santos August 13, 2012 at 08:12 PM


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