Updated: Fourth Township Shooting In Two Weeks Under Investigation

Update 2: Suspects have been identified in the four shootings that left four people wounded over the last three weeks, township Police Chief Lawrence Roberts told the Township Council on May 9.

“Due to the investigative efforts of the detective bureau, we already have suspects,” Roberts said. “We’re diligently working on the case, we’ve put out extra patrols, so there’s more of a presence in the area, and we’re using other investigative techniques to bring this to a fast end, and we will do that.”

“I just want people to know there’s no reason to be alarmed,” he said.

Update 1: There was a fourth shooting incident in the last two weeks in Franklin Township, this one involving a 15-year-old boy, the Franklin Reporter & Advocate has learned.

The incident occurred on April 22, on Matilda Avenue, when the youth was shot in the left shoulder, Jack Bennett, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman, has confirmed on May 3.

The victim was transported to a local trauma center, where he was treated, Bennett said. He has since been released, Bennett said.

“We have now entered that investigation,” Bennett said.

Also on May 3, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson announced that Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. is offering rewards of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the recent township shootings.


Original Story: A 21-year-old man was shot in his right forearm on May 1, marking the third shooting incident in the township in the last two weeks.

Township police received a call at about 8:56 p.m. reporting shots being fired in the area of Mark and Parkside streets, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Responding officers found the wounded man near Millstone Road and Route 27. His wound was deemed non-life-threatening.

Police administered aid, and the man was taken to a local trauma center for treatment, according to the press release.

The man, who was not identified, is not cooperating with police, according to the release.

This shooting is the second in three days and third in two weeks in the township. On April 28, an 18-year-old woman was shot in her “lower extremity” on Baier Avenue.

And on April 19, a 29-year-old New Brunswick man was wounded on Fuller Street.

Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation of the May 1 shooting, according to the release.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533. Those individuals requesting to remain anonymous can call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go 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.


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