Man Shot Sunday Was Athlete, Academic

A 21-year-old Connecticut man and Villanova student was shot multiple times on William Street Sunday evening.


Brian Schiavetti, 21, was shot and killed in w in Montclair, an area not known for violent crime.

Schiavetti graduated from  (RHS) in 2009 after what appears to be a four-year attendance. He played on the Ridgefield Tigers football team in 2006 as a wide receiver and defensive back and was accomplished academically, achieving the RHS Honor Roll in 20052006 and 2007.

After his RHS graduation, Schiavetti enrolled as a student in the Villanova School of Business, where he made dean’s list in 2010.

"He was a senior with an expected graduation date of 2013," said Suzanne Scarpino, Assistant Director of Media Relations at Villanova University.

Schiavetti had been actively involved in the Boys and Girls Club and had enjoyed football and other sports. His Facebook page lists him as a fan of the New York Knicks, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and the Miami Heat.

According to Schiavetti’s LinkedIn page, he was currently interning at Thomson Reuters News Agency this summer.

A  by police because he had “fit the description of the suspect.”

“I hope they find the killer, I was driving home from Bergenfield and the cops stopped and arrested me and my girlfriend feet away from the GWB tolls in Fort Lee,” wrote Patch user . If this is true, it follows that police have a description of the shooter.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has identified the man shot on William Street Sunday night by Monday morning as Brian Schiavetti, 21, of Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Few additional details were released about the shooting, which took place around 6:40 p.m. A statement issued from Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose said the investigation is ongoing but it appears that Schiavetti was "targeted."

Schiavetti's body was found on a first floor hallway of a three-story apartment building. He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene after Montclair police and the prosecutor's office responded to the scene.

Late Sunday, the office said that the man was shot multiple times and found in the first floor hallway of a three-story apartment building.

Police arrived at 25 William Street after getting a report of shots fired, said Ambrose. Police do not yet have a motive for the shooting, Ambrose confirmed Monday, though he said the shooting appeared to be "isolated."

Also on Monday, Montclair Detective Lt. Angel L. Roman Jr. said an "active investigation" is ongoing. "We cannot release anything," he said.

But anyone with information is being asked to contact the Prosecutor's Hotline, 1-877-847-7432; or the Montclair Police Department, 973-744-1234. All calls will be kept confidential.

There is no other information available at this time, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

Mayor Robert Jackson, who was just sworn into office on July 1, was at the scene of the shooting Sunday Night. He called an emergency township council meeting Monday morning to address "legal issues" related to the shooting, but was forced to adjourn the public portion of the meeting when only three council members showed up.

"Obviously we feel great sadness at the loss of life and our zero tolerance policy for this sort of thing stands," he said.

Before the adjournment, a man in the audience asked why there couldn't be more community police patrols in Montclair.

Jackson said that following a in February, more street lighting has been installed, just in the last two weeks.

"This is an action-oriented council and we will be taking action in this case," he said.

Jackson added that the council would be discussing the idea of creating more police patrols, but cautioned that the issue "is a personnel matter."

He said he's waiting to receive input from the police department.

The area where the shooting took place is mainly residential, with multi-family homes, about a block southeast of Valley Road, and not far from Tierney's Tavern and Nauna's, a popular Italian restaurant.

Neighbors had gathered shortly after the shooting, but declined to be interviewed as investigators worked the scene nearby.

On Monday morning, William Street was deserted except for a postal worker and one elderly woman.

The woman, who said her name was Gladys, said the neighborhood where the shooting occurred was called Frog Hollow because of the Hollow Day Care Center that used to be located nearby.

"This is a nice place ... we don't get things like this happening around here," she said. "There must have been a reason someone did this because we don't have this kind of crime around here."

Homicides in Montclair are rare, with only one occurring in 2011. In that case, a 31-year-old waitress named Shazina Khan was found dead in her apartment near Glenfield Park last July. Her estranged husband was arrested in the murder.

ride164 July 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM
What a shock!!!!!and I thought frog hollow was full of community organizers and aspiring rappers. It's sad that people feel the need to settle disputes with a gun. Rest in peace my friend.
Charles bower July 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I am from the hollow part of Sinclair and this is and complete shock to hear this the people in the hollow are tight nit and have a respect for one another and take pride in there community so i would hope the killer will be brought to justice
StephanieS July 23, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I am from the 'hollow part' of Central and was also shocked and deeply disturbed by this killing. To ride164: One person making a violent decision does not mean *anything* about other people in the community. Charles Bower is right - this is a strong and tight knit community ... hoping for justice and praying for the victim's family and friends.
Dre Donaldson July 23, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I hope they find the killer, I was driving home from Bergenfield and the cops stopped and arrested me and my girlfriend feet away from the GWB tolls in Fort Lee.... How embarrassing! #mistakenidentity
Dre Donaldson July 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
They said I fit the description of the suspect. SMH. I'm following this story closely because after this incicent now I feel I have to see this thru, I hope justice gets served.
David Peebler July 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The shooter is a coward. May he/she be brought to justice!
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Mayor was talking about more community policing this morning.. what do people think of that idea.. will it happen?
John Lee July 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
community policing didn't work very well for Trayvon
Cher July 23, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Please, John lee said it well
JohnQ July 23, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The Trayvon Martin case has nothing to do with Community Policing. George Zimmerman was part of a citizen neighborhood watch group, not a police officer. Montclair PD used to have a Community Policing Bureau which included DARE and gang training in our schools, foot and bicycle patrol in our neighborhoods and presence at community meetings to meet the needs of the community. Unfortunately, the Bureau was disbanded several years ago due to budgetary reasons.
Mumin Siddiq Abdur Rahman July 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
I feel for the family of the victim and what a great lost to All of us. But lets get real this has nothing to do with the Police this has everything to do with family and way you were raised. If your not taught right from wrong this what we end up with. Look in the mirror in start change there in stop blaming the Police.
JohnQ July 24, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Your 100% correct
michael woods July 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Like most governing councils, they are reactive to a serious incident. So they are throwing the term "community Policing" out there. Unfortunately, your average person does not know the concept of community policing. How does it work? Is it proven that community policing reduces crime? And the big question, what price tag comes along with it?
Cher July 24, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I have a huge sign outside my house, neighborhood watch, I never even heard of a meeting and I read the montclair times and patch, I have yet to see a meeting schedule. I've grown to luv montclair.
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 24, 2012 at 05:17 PM
There was a community meeting following the Mission Street murder in February.. but I've heard nothing about any meeting related to this latest shooting. I'll ask though.
Cher July 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thanks Shelly
Paul O'Conner July 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
i lived in montclair for a while and i've heard the phrase frog's hollow i didn't know it was because of the Hollow Day Care Center. interesting. i always thought it was some ol' timey racist thing. poor kid he was probably there for drugs or gay sex. sad.
John Lee July 24, 2012 at 08:10 PM
please share your knowlege of the drugs and gay sex Paul; making assumptions like that about a crime vicitm might leave us to wonder if you are excited by illegal and illicit activities; does your family know you are titilated by such things
Meg Beattie Patrick July 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM
It's a tragedy. One correction, though: the neighborhood isn't called Frog Hollow because of the Hollow Day Care center that was there for years. It's the opposite. The old Hollow Day Care was named after the neighborhood it occupied. That area has been called The Hollow for a hundred years or more. It has something to do with Toney's Brook. I remember reading about it in a history of the town once, possibly in the 125th commemorative leather bound coffee table book published in the early 90s. I'll have to check.
Andrew July 25, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Paul, your ignorance astounds me!!
Anonymous July 26, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Brian is my cousin. He was an athlete and he was on the deans list. Not into any of those things you mentioned. Please refrain from making comments like that. They are hurtful - especially now.
Pat Gilleran July 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Frog Hollow is said to have gotten its name from a pond, or swamp, where the Hollow center stands today in the neighborhood whose core is comprised of Talbot, William and Dey streets. The enclave is bounded by Valley Road to the west, Central Avenue to the east, Walnut Avenue to the south and James Street to the north.
John J. July 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
If budgetary reasons are an issue, the Montclair Police Department would do well to sell a few Chargers and shift their focus from speed limit enforcement to real crime. That being said, the police do a pretty good job of patrolling the hollow. I live around the corner on James St. and there is definitely an adequate police presence. My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
Shelley Emling (Editor) July 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thanks for clearing that up..


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