FRANKLIN, NJ - A Bridgewater man is in critical condition after being shot in the back in Franklin Township Tuesday evening, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, detectives are investigating a shooting in Franklin Township at around 6:20 p.m.
Soriano said the police department received a 9-1-1 call about shots fired as well as a motor vehicle accident near Eugene Avenue in Franklin. Officers found that a car had crashed through a detached garage on the street, Soriano said.
Outside of the vehicle, Soriano said, officers found a 39-year-old man from Somerville lying on the ground with a gunshot wound in his shoulder.
In the vehicle, Soriano said, officers found a 38-year-old man from Bridgewater sitting in the driver's seat with a gunshot wound to the back.
Both men were removed from the structure, Soriano said, and provided with life saving measures by first responders before being taken to a trauma center for treatment.
The Somerville man, Soriano said, was listed in stable condition and is expected to survive, while the Bridgewater man suffered significant life-threatening injuries and was listed in critical condition.
Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit and Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit are conducting the investigation.
Soriano said the shooting incident occurred on Eugene Avenue, where multiple shots were fired at the victims. They attempted to flee, he said, and crashed into the unattached garage.
According to Soriano, detectives believe the shooting was not random, and that the two victims were the intended targets. Detectives, he said, are attempting to identify potential witnesses, and the victims have provided limited information about the sequence of events.
A motive has not yet been found, Soriano said.
Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-5533 or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-877-577-TIPS or online at www.888577tips.org.
All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.