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Prosecutors: 4 held in deadly NJ mall carjacking

NEWARK, N.J. – Four people have been arrested in connection with death of a man shot in front of his wife outside an upscale mall in northern New Jersey earlier this week, authorities said Saturday.

Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County prosecutor’s office in Newark, said four males are in custody, suspected in the Sunday carjacking and killing of Dustin Friedland outside The Mall at Short Hills. More details about the arrests will be released at a news conference later Saturday morning, Carter said.

Friedland, a 30-year-old lawyer from Hoboken, was shot in the head in the mall parking garage after being confronted by two carjackers. The assailants drove off in his silver Range Rover, which was found the next morning in Newark, about 10 miles from Short Hills.

The event unfolded just as Friedland and his wife, Jamie Schare Friedland, were ending a shopping trip. Mourners at Friedland’s funeral on Wednesday said he had just opened the door of his SUV for his wife when he was shot.

Friedland had a law degree from Syracuse University and was project manager at his family’s heating and air conditioning and heating company.

More than $40,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest of the killers.

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