(BOONTON, N.J.) -- The brother and sister of a young mother who was gunned down while walking in a quiet New Jersey suburb raised questions on Thursday about their brother-in-law's account of the shooting that killed his wife and left him wounded.
"I hope he's not involved," Kaleem Noorani, the brother of murder victim Nazish Noorani, told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
He said he wanted the police to thoroughly investigate his brother-in-law Kashif Pervaiz's statements about the Tuesday night shooting in Boonton, New Jersey, about 30 miles from New York City.
Noorani's sister, Lubnar Choudhry, who said she was two houses away when she heard the gunfire, told the newspaper that she didn't hear a car and "didn't see anybody run off."
Noorani, 27, and Pervaiz, 26, who are Muslim, had broken the daily Ramadan fast at her sister's house and were walking a few blocks to her father's when the shooting occurred. Their 3-year-old son, who was in a stroller, was unharmed, and the couple's other child was with relatives.
Law-enforcement authorities said the killing was "targeted" and not a hate crime.
"The shooting clearly appears to be target-specific. ...There is not a continuing danger to the general public," Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi said in a statement.
No further information was available from prosecutors or the Boonton Police Department, and no arrests have been made.
Choudhry said that her sister's marriage had recently seemed rocky. "I think he upset her," she told the Star-Ledger.
And a neighbor in East Boston, where the couple had an apartment, told the paper that he had seen Pervaiz a few weeks ago with a woman who was not his wife.
"He was divorced or getting divorced. One time I heard them yelling," Raul Santamaria said.
Noorani, a native of Pakistan, and Pervaiz, originally from Brooklyn, lived in that New York City borough but were visiting her family in Boonton, which has a long-established Pakistani community.
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