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Authorities investigate shooting, motor vehicle crash in Somerset County

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Authorities are investigating reports of gun shots fired and a motor vehicle crash on Tuesday night in Franklin Township, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On Oct. 24, at around 9:09 p.m., police responded to the area of Matilda Avenue for a report of gun shots fired and a motor vehicle crash, McDonald said.

Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle that crashed into a local business in the area. A passenger in the vehicle, an adult male from Franklin Township, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital, McDonald said.

Officers observed evidence of gunshot damage to the vehicle that crashed. No injuries were reported to be sustained as a result of the shots fired, McDonald said.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department to investigate.

A motive for the shooting remains under investigation, McDonald said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s 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

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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