Township Man Charged With Attempted Murder In June Shooting

Christopher Williams. Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

A 22-year-old township man has been arrested on attempted murder and weapons charges in connection with a June 23 shooting on Reler Avenue.

Police said Christopher Williams was in a parked car near buildings 26 and 28 on Reler, which is in the Somerset Mews development off Route 27, when he was approached by a 23-year-old South Brunswick man. An argument ensued, and Williams allegedly shot the man, police said.

The investigation identified Williams as the shooter, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

On June 28, detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department executed a search warrant on Williams’ home, where he was arrested. A handgun was also recovered, police said.

Williams was charged with 1st Degree Attempted Murder, 2nd Degree a Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, 2nd Degree Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, and 4th Degree Possession of a Defaced Handgun, according to the release. Williams was lodged in the Somerset County Jail, Somerville, pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information on the case is 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) or online at www.888577tips.org or at 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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