Updated: Police Investigating ‘Shots Fired’ Report Around Dewald Avenue

Police cars in front of a Dewald Avenue home the night of Jan. 3, following reports of shots being fired in the vicinity.

Update: A 31-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Dewald Avenue the evening of Jan. 3, according to teh Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The man, who was not identified, was found outside a Dewald Ave home with a non-life-threatening gunshot to one leg, according to a press release from the prosecutor.

Responding officers performed first aid on the man’s leg, after which he was transported to a local trauma center for more treatment, according to the release.

Police said the incident is isolated, and the man was the intended victim.

Police are asking that anyone who has information on the shooting contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.


Original Story: Police are investigating a report of shots being fired the evening of Jan. 3 on Dewald Avenue, between Lewis and Ralph streets.

There were no initial reports of injuries.

A neighborhood resident said the shots were fired at about 7:43 p.m.

The resident said he and several neighbors first heard “a few (shots), and then a pause, followed by a few more.”

“Next I heard a woman screaming and a man’s voice yelling, ‘get back in the house now’,” the resident said.

Police were still in the area as of about 10:30 p.m. Police crime scene tape was stretched across Dewald, at the intersection of Lewis.

Township Police spokesman Lt. Phil Rizzo said all information would be coming from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.


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