Shooting at New Jersey Truck Stop Leads to Murder Charge, Questions Remain

Union Township, NJ – A California man is facing murder and other felony charges in connection to a deadly shooting at a New Jersey truck stop over the weekend.

Authorities responded to the Pilot Travel Center located on Route 173 in Union Township — just off of Interstate 78 — at 12:37 p.m. on Saturday after reports of gunfire.


Investigators with the NJSP Troop “B” Perryville Station discovered a male suffering from a gunshot wound from a .40 caliber handgun.

The victim was quickly transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, officials said at the time.

However, in an update on Sunday evening, NJSP said the victim, now identified as Ricardo De Castro, 43, of Deerfield Beach, FL, passed away from injuries sustained in the shooting.

Investigators said David Rodriguez, 44, of Rialto, CA, was taken into custody at the scene where he surrendered without further incident.

He is facing charges of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.


Police have not yet revealed the exact events that led to the deadly altercation or if either (or both) men involved are truckers.

Multiple social media reports indicate the victim is a truck driver, but those reports remain unconfirmed by authorities at this time.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to track it closely.



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