February 6, 2021
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ (MIDDLESEX) — Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Chief Joseph Battaglia of the North Brunswick Township Police Department announced today that two juveniles have been charged with the shooting death of Mark Atkins, 18, of Plainfield.
Since the shooting on February 3, 2021, two male juveniles, both 17 and of North Brunswick, have both been charged with one count of murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, and one count of possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose. One juvenile has been taken into custody. The other has yet to be apprehended
On February 3, 2021, at approximately 7:30 P.M., authorities responded to Marc Drive following reports of a shooting. Upon their arrival, officers located one of the male juveniles who had sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound. Upon further investigation, officers later found Atkins who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
The investigation is active and continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Errol McCalla of the North Brunswick Police Department at (732) 247-0922 ext. 311 or Detective Sean Sullivan of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4060.
As is the case with all defendants, the charges against the juveniles are merely accusations and they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.