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Man charged with murder in Hunterdon County truck stop shooting

UNION TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – The New Jersey State Police have charged a California man with murder in connection to a shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon at a truck stop in Hunterdon County.

The shooting happened on January 23, at 12:37 p.m. at the Pilot Travel Center in Union Township, state police said.

Through a preliminary police investigation, David Rodriguez, 44, of Rialto, CA  was allegedly involved in an argument with Ricardo De Castro, 43, of Deerfield Beach, FL outside in the parking lot. During the altercation, Rodriguez allegedly shot De Castro with a .40 caliber handgun, state police said.

Rodriguez surrendered to troopers on scene where he was arrested without incident and the handgun was recovered by troopers, state police said.

De Castro was treated on scene by troopers and first responders before being transported to Hunterdon Medical Center, where he later died, state police said.

Rodriguez was charged with murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes. He was lodged at the Warren County Jail pending a detention hearing, state police said.

This incident is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police Major Crime Unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Jersey State Police Perryville Station at 908-730-7042.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

The case is being prosecuted by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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