Morris Plains shooting victims identified, cause and manner of death announced  


MORRIS PLAINS — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp today identified the victims of last Saturday’s shooting in Morris County as Laurel R. Chasmar, 28, Morris Plains, and Hassan Shahid, 32, Jersey City.

 The homicide of Chasmar was caused by gunshot wounds inflicted upon her.  The suicide of Shahid was caused by a gunshot wound.  The findings were made following an investigation conducted by the Morris County Medical Examiner. 

In the early morning hours of August 5, law enforcement responded to the area of The Highlands at Morris Plains Apartments on The Buckley Way in Morris Plains following a report of possible gunshots in the area. 

The body of Chasmar was found in Morris Plains. Shortly afterwards, the body of Shahid was found in Morris Township. 

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank Chief of Police Jason A. Kohn and the Morris Plains Police Department; Acting Chief of Police Mark DiCarlo and the Morris Township Police Department; the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit; the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigation Section; and the Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office who assisted in this matter.  




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