Authorities in New Jersey are searching for two suspects who shot and killed three people outside an Irvington club early Christmas morning, and have offered a $10,000 reward for information that would lead to their arrests.
The son of the owner of Slick’s Go-Go Bar, 34-year-old Pierre Clervoyant, and bouncer Woodley Daniel, 32, have been identified as two of the victims who were murdered outside the establishment around 12:30 a.m. on Christmas, according to WABC and the Newark Star-Ledger. A third person, believed to be a friend of one of the suspects, was also killed, but his/her name is yet to be publicly released.
Police believe two or more people were behind the Irvington shooting, the Star-Ledger reported.
The shooting unfolded after the bouncer patted down one of the suspects and felt a gun.
"It appears the gunman was trying to enter the bar armed and was stopped by the bouncer," Chief Anthony Ambrose of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office told WABC.
That’s when the suspect shot and killed the bouncer. Clervoyant was then also shot and killed.
Two other victims were injured in the shooting and taken to University Hospital in Newark, according to the Star-Ledger.
A $10,000 reward has been offered from the Essex County Crimestoppers Program for information leading to the arrests and convictions of the suspects. Authorities believe the suspects fled the scene in a grey sedan.
Clervoyant’s wife, Candice, said she was working when she received news that her husband had been shot.
“You never expect a call like that,” she told the Star-Ledger.
The pair had been married for six years and together for 14 years in total.
“Everyone knew Pierre because of his smile,” she said. “He was always smiling.”
Clervoyant’s sister, 25-year-old Stephanie Clervoyant, said, “This couldn’t be worse for us. Everyone loved my brother.”
The Irvington Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the shooting.