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Telangana man shot dead by 16-year-old in US

Sunil Edla was shot to death Thursday evening outside his apartment in Ventnor city, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a statement.

SNS | New Delhi |

A 61-year old Indian-origin man in New Jersey was shot to death by a 16-year old boy, who is facing charges in connection to the murder, prosecutors said.

The Indian man was identified as Sunil Edla.

Edla was shot to death Thursday evening outside his apartment in Ventnor city, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said in a statement.

He was reportedly shot in a carjacking incident.

Sunil, hailing from Medak district of Telangana, was working as night auditor in hospitality industry in Atlantic City.

According to local media reports, Sunil was leaving his home to work the overnight shift when the teen shot him and escaped with his car. The victim died on the spot.

The police on Friday tracked the boy and arrested him. He has been charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, and unlawful possession of a handgun.

Edla’s vehicle, a 2002 Subaru Forester, was missing from the scene. The vehicle was subsequently found by Atlantic City Police Officers in a different area.

After the vehicle was located by the officers, the suspect was subsequently tracked with the assistance of the Atlantic City surveillance centre. Further investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Ventnor City Police Department and the Atlantic City Police Department led to the identification and arrest of the suspect, a juvenile male, on the morning of November 16.

Sunil, who had migrated to the US in 1987, was to travel to India later this month to visit his family.

According to his relatives, he had made all arrangements for two-month trip visit his mother for her 95th birthday and celebrate Christmas with the family.

Sunil was active in the community and was also known for playing piano at churches in Atlantic City.

(With agency inputs)