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VIDEO: Suspects cased NJ mall days before fatal carjacking

Dustin Friedland

CBS New York

SHORT HILLS, N.J. - Newly-released video shows the suspects in a 2013 fatal carjacking at an upscale New Jersey mall looking for other victims at the mall in the days prior, reports CBS New York.

According to the station, the video shows Hoboken attorney Dustin Freidland was targeted because of his vehicle - a Range Rover.

CBS New York reports footage from three days before Friedland was murdered shows the same carjackers in a Chevy Suburban following an identical Range Rover to Friedland's. In the video, a car cuts in, blocking the suspects' line of sight, possibly averting another tragedy, according to the station.

Attorney Bruce Nagel, who is representing Friedland's widow, Jamie Schare-Friedland, said it should be a wake-up call for shoppers.

"They targeted vehicles in isolated areas, in the dark of night," Nagel said.

On the night of Friedland's murder, the same carjackers in the Suburban allegedly circled a desolate parking lot at the mall, honing in on another Range Rover.

"It shows this same vehicle on the premises driving around the parking lot and targeting a Range Rover. As you understand, the Range Rover is the car of choice and they wait in prey. When that owner doesn't come to the car, they then drive to the parking deck, where they are for over 12 minutes," Nagel said.

The video then shows the suspects leave and target Friedland as he gets into his car with his wife, according to the station. The Chevy Suburban is seen speeding away, followed by Friedland's Range Rover as the young attorney lay shot in the head inside the mall's parking deck.

"They knew there wasn't security because they were there three days earlier casing the property," Nagel said.

CBS New York reached out to the mall, which issued a statement saying it could not comment on pending litigation, but that safety is a top priority.

Nagel said none of the 19 parking decks have cameras or permanent guards. CBS New York did, however, see security guards roaming the premises.

Nagel, who is suing the mall on behalf of Schare-Friedland, said he fought in court to obtain the surveillance video because the mall did not want the public to see it. He said it isn't about the money but saving another life.