UPDATED: Man, 29, Shot And Killed At Mission And Bloomfield

Incident could be drug- or gang-related.


A 29-year-old Bloomfield man was shot and killed near Mission Street and Bloomfield Avenue on Tuesday night, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh.

The Montclair Police and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating.

The victim has been identified as Ibn Futrell, 29. At about 8:59 p.m., Montclair Police responded to a report of gunshots fired in the area of 4 Mission St. They then discovered the 29-year-old man, later identified as Futrell. Although Futrell is currently living in Bloomfield, he formerly resided in Montclair.

Futrell was transported to Mountainside Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 9:57 p.m., according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly of the ECPO Homicide Unit.

The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made. No suspects have been identified at this time. Additional information will be released when it becomes available.

Early Wednesday morning, a law enforcement official who asked not to be named said the shooting appeared to be drug- or gang-related.

Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville told Patch that she was looking into the incident, noting she would be holding a public discussion, along with the NAACP, at 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Fire Headquarters on Pine Street to address "this most recent atrocity."

Both Township Manager Marc Dashield and a representative of the Montclair Police Department will be present.

Baskerville said she's sure that many people in the community will want to discuss the "most recent incidents of concern in their neighborhood on Mission Street."

Members of the NAACP said they want to talk Thursday night about the need for more community policing in the 4th Ward.

When asked about community policing, Baskerville said that she's been advocating nonstop to restore community policing for some time.

"I suggested to our operating budget subcommittee that if we have any funds for discretionary use, then community policing should be a priority," she said. "I have never moved from that position.

"We even allocated funds for community policing, but because of budget cuts those funds were used elswhere," she added. "The safety of our community is not optional or an afterthought in my mind!!! We must not have any more atrocities in our community."

In 2008, the township was forced by budget cuts to eliminate the police substation at Lackawanna Plaza, which served the Mission Street neighborhood.

According to the Montclair Times, police closed off Mission Street and were searching for evidence following the incident that occurred outside the Mission Mini Mart at about 9:10 p.m.

Homicides in Montclair are rare, with only one occurring last year. 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.

The area around Mission Street in the 4th Ward is often the site of drug incidents and other crimes. It's also close to two schools—Glenfield Middle School and Charles H. Bullock Elementary School.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

Jerry February 08, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Montclair is not immune from crime they need to be more prepared and face the fact that they are a part of essex county a crime filled county!
ride164 February 08, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Maybe the NAACP should focus on educating it's own members. They are obviously inept at child rearing....
Montclair Public February 08, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Racist comments like ride164's should be removed from this site.
ride164 February 08, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Don't be mad Montclair public. The truth is the truth. It has nothing to do with race. That's the last argument of a lazy person.... Just pull out the race card and everyone whom is critical will ball up and be quiet.
UM07043 February 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
As a long-time Mtc resident, I offer my predictions: 1. Basketville/Harris/Herron will have a community discussion 2. 4th Ward residents will clamor for increased police protection in and around Mission St 3. We will see a marked increase in petty arrests (drugs, etc.) 4. An overwhelming majority of those arrested will be black 5. Rabble rousers from the 4th ward will complain that this is evident of "profiling" 6. Under political protection, the MPD will pull back 7. Repeat
Angel lopez February 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
If african americans came together and attempt to make a change or our people wouldn't constantly be killed or arrested...by not doing any thing...we are admitting to our children that this is there future....there will never be a change in this society if we don't start in our home....our kids feel like they don't have a choice any more...montclair is a wealthy city...these incidents arw commited constantly in un wealthy citys such as east orange and newark...the cases in theses towns are barely looked apon because it occurs constantly....the MPD have no choice but to respond to this incident because the residents of montlciar refuse to sit in silence and watch there community be tarnished by violence
Brenda Starr February 08, 2012 at 11:42 PM
If it has nothing to do with race, ride164, why suggest the NAACP be involved? Unless you know all the members and their families intimately enough to comment on their child-rearing skills, sounds like you played the race card, then used the last resort of cowards to retreat from your idea and proclaim, "What, what? I didn't say anything."
Glenfield parent February 09, 2012 at 12:43 AM
i just hope the MPD is on top of this. There are people living in that area and 2 schools w/in blocks of the incident. As far as I could tell today, there was not much additional police presence in the area. Last night, our school had a PTA meeting that was over about 9PM - scary thought. We as a town need to pull together and come up w/solutions, starting w/increased police presence.
little e February 09, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Pointing out when someone is making racist comments is not "playing the race card." Making a blanket statement/snide comment that the NAACP should teach parenting skills to the black community because of non-random shooting in a lower socioeconomic area of a predominantly white town is completely insulting. Would you also say that all white men blow up their kids and need parenting classes? Or that no one should go to Watchung Plaza because people got shot in the post office there? Or that no one should go to the Y Family Center? There was black on black crime there. Um, there was drug use in Mountainside Park. Good to know that my fellow neighbors see me - regardless of my educational and professional standing - as an inept parent who needs parenting skills from the NAACP. Gee, it's Black History Month. Thanks for the reminder of how far society has to go.
Mr. Doe February 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I am not siding with one commenter over another her but the article above mentioned the NAACP. That being said, I believe rider164 comment was insensitive given the recent violence and not racist. UMO7043 hit the nail on the head. There will be a knee jerk reaction to this tragedy and the underlying cause will not be addressed. It would seam that the answer here does begin at home and should continue in the schools and community as a whole. More police presence would also help but is not the answer to this tragedy. A police car in the area when this homicide occurred probably would have stop this man from being killed. But one has to consider the fact that the killer would have chosen a different target. Maybe on a different day or maybe in another community but he would still be what he is, a criminal, and still out in the street to victimize someone else.
Rob Harrell Jr February 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
" Homicide is Suicide" These young adults dont understand! The Anti Violence Art Group ( AVAG)is trying to spread the message...they're killing themselves! Look us up on YouTube or email us @ Avagrevolution@gmail.com.... " An eye for an eye keeps the whole world blind!" ...Ghandi....
Montclair Public February 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM
it's not racist to say the NAACP's members are inept at child rearing? you're a blithering idiot, as well a racist.
Mr. Doe February 10, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Typical liberal Montclaian response. Yes, I am a racist and a blithering idiot. I was only pointing out that the commenter referred to the NAACP as it was mentioned in the above article. Un my opinion the number of inept parents, regardless of race or affiliations, greatly out number the qualified parents today. So Mr/Ms Montclair Public... take your race card and well.... you know where you can stick it.
TheNayeli March 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM
.....many of their members ancestors reared yours, I guess that's what happened hmmmm
Tom August 07, 2013 at 12:36 AM
More "Stop and Frisk"...PLEASE!!
Michael Kinzig August 09, 2013 at 09:24 AM
"the shooting appeared to be drug- or gang-related". how about...Black related??
Tom August 09, 2013 at 09:25 AM
Jerry Your statement is laughable! Montclair not immune to crime? Are you kidding? Much of the crime in Essex County is committed by Monclair residences!!
Michael Kinzig August 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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