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Hasbrouck Heights landlord, 83, held on $750,000 bail in tenant shooting death

Photo Credit: Sean Slattery
Photo Credit: Sean Slattery

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: An 83-year-old Hasbrouck Heights man killed his 58-year-old tenant with a single gunshot to the chest during an argument yesterday, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this morning.

John C. Wisse was charged with aggravated manslaughter and illegal weapons possession in the death of Gerald Velardi Jr. at the two-family Passaic Street home after sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT he dialed 911 around 5 p.m. to report what had happened.

The .38-caliber handgun was recovered following the downstairs shooting, the prosecutor said.

Wisse was being held on $750,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail after detectives who interviewed him late into the night charged him.

The investigation was continuing, Molinelli said.

MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

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