Brian Schiavetti, 21, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, was identified as the victim in the fatal Montclair shooting on Williams Street on July 23, but the question of why the Villanova student was in Montclair remains unanswered. Earlier this week, shortly after Ernest Williams, pled not guilty to charges of murdering Schiavetti, the Star Ledger reported that two unnamed law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case confirmed Schiavetti was shot multiple times during a drug-related robbery.
Yesterday, Thomas Fennelly, Essex County chief assistant prosecutor, said the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) would not comment or confirm what unknown sources are saying. “Shot during a robbery attempt is the only statement we are making,” said Fennelly.
In a statement the day after the murder, Anthony Ambrose, Chief of Detectives, ECPO, said “it appears the victim was targeted.”
Fennelly says that by targeted, it means the fatal shooting was not a random event.
Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh said of the unnamed sources, “Montclair PD did not make the statement, not sure where it came from.”
A unnamed source from the William Street neighborhood told Baristanet that the money involved in the robbery was drug money, alleging that the “kid from Pennsylvania came up to acquire drugs from the kid from Montclair.”
Crime scene photo: James Fitzhenry