Shooter Fires Several Rounds At Vehicle In Somerset County

Authorities were investigating after two men were shot at while riding in a vehicle in Somerset County Wednesday night.

Phillips Roads and Baier Avenue, Franklin
Phillips Roads and Baier Avenue, Franklin Photo Credit: Google Maps

The driver told police he heard multiple "pops," which he initially thought were gunshots, while driving northbound on Phillips Roads toward Baier Avenue in Franklin around 11 p.m., Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

After hearing something strike his vehicle, the Somerset man and his passenger realized the noises were gunshots, Robertson said alongside county and township officials.

The vehicle was damaged by several bullet holes and 27 shell casings were found in the area, police said.

It was undetermined if the victims in the vehicle were the intended targets, authorities said.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request anyone with information relating to this 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. 

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