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2 arrested in Somerset County shooting

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Authorities have arrested two Middlesex County residents in relation to a shooting that occurred in June in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

On June 16, 2021, at around 12:23 a.m., officers responded to a nearby hospital for a wounded victim that was reportedly shot while on Somerset Street in Franklin Township.

The victim, a New Brunswick resident, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department responded to the scene to conduct the investigation, Robertson said.

As a result of this investigation, Nadir M. Lopez, 20, and Jailen D. Coleman, 26, both of New Brunswick were identified as the individuals involved in the shooting, Robertson said.

On Friday, July 16, Lopez was arrested in New Brunswick without incident. He was charged with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon without a permit. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter, Robertson said.

On Monday, July 26, Coleman was arrested in Edison without incident. He was charged with first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon without a permit. He was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter, Robertson said.

“A motive for the shooting remains under investigation,” Robertson said.

Anyone with information relating to the shooting 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.

Jay Edwards

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