$5,000 Reward Offered In Phillips Road Shooting

Yellow police tape stretches across Matilda Avenue early in the morning of Oct. 23.

Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 to solve the Oct. 22 shooting on Matilda Avenue that left a 20-year-old township woman in critical condition.

Earlier reports that the victim had been killed were incorrect.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call at about 7:20 p.m. reporting that shots had been fired, and a car was in the road, on Phillips Road, near Matilda Avenue, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Responding officers found the unidentified woman unconscious behind the steering wheel of the car, the release said.

Once the officers realized that she had been shot, the woman was removed from the car and life-saving measures were undertaken by police and medical personnel, the release said.

The woman was then transported to a local trauma hospital, where she has been listed in critical condition, according to the release.

Somerset County Crime Stoppers is offering the reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this shooting, the released said.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit, and the Franklin Township Police Department responded to conduct the investigation which remains active and on-going.

Anyone with information on the shooting is to asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential, according to the release.


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