NJ Man Shot and Killed After Argument: Police

The shooting happened near Columbia Avenue in Cliffside Park

By Gus Rosendale
|  Sunday, Jul 8, 2012  |  Updated 6:23 PM EDT
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NJ Man Shot and Killed After Argument: Police

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A New Jersey man was shot and killed after an argument early Sunday morning, police said.

The shooting happened near Columbia Avenue in Cliffside Park.

Police have yet to release a description of the suspect involved in the shooting or the victim's identity.

A man who identified himself as the victim's cousin told NBC 4 New York the man's name was Hector Zabalas, a 33-year-old married father of two who worked in construction and lived in the area.

Neighbors said that Zabalas was shot outside a bar during a fight. But his cousin, who asked not to be identified, said the victim was not a violent person and that he never was in trouble.

Witnesses reportedly saw a man leave the scene in a dark colored vehicle with a female driver.

Investigators were canvassing the area Sunday afternoon and interviewing the victim's friends and family members, along with witnesses who may have seen the confrontation or have information on the suspect's whereabouts, police said.

The shooting is Cliffside Park's first homicide since January 2011.

"I thought it was fireworks," said Pete Woodcock, a longtime resident of Cliffside Park who heard the shooting. "You don't hear gunshots around here. "

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