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Somerset County authorities investigating shooting that left man injured

NORTH PLAINFIELD BOROUGH, NJ (Somerset County) –  Somerset County authorities are investigating a shooting that left a man injured Friday night in North Plainfield Borough, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald.

On July 8, at around 10:45 p.m., police responded to the area of Vermeule Park off of Clinton Avenue in response to a 9-1-1 call for shots fired, McDonald said.

Upon arrival, officers located a 20-year-old Plainfield man suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body. Police along with responding emergency medical personnel tended to the shooting victim who was treated at an undisclosed area hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, McDonald said.

Detectives from North Plainfield Police Department along with detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation, McDonald said.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that prior to the shooting the victim was present at a large gathering or party at a nearby residence on Arnold Avenue. Authorities are attempting to determine the motive for the shooting, and if a potential confrontation at the party potentially lead to numerous shots being fired, McDonald said.

Anyone with information relating to the on-going shooting investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at 908-769-2937 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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