Deadly gunfire rang out just before closing Tuesday morning inside a chain restaurant outside a New Jersey Mall.

The homicide happened around 12:25 a.m. at the bar inside the Applebee’s Grill + Bar restaurant that sits along Brunswick Pike (U.S. Route 1) outside the Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Lawrence Township police said.

The man, who appeared to be alone, died at the scene, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said.

No other injuries were reported.

Investigators searched for a dark-colored SUV that fled the scene, police said.

The chain eatery was open at the time of the shooting as it closes at 1 a.m. each night.

The restaurant didn't open as normal for lunch Tuesday as the investigation into the shooting continued.

 

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