Bridgewater Man Turns Himself in in Connection with Somerville Shooting, Somerset County Prosecutor Says

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - A Bridgewater man wanted in connection with a shooting in Somerville Oct. 26 surrendered to police Friday, according to a release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

Joseph Wright, 25, of Schindler Terrace, was charged with first degree attempted murder, second degree possession of a firearm, second degree unlawful possession of a firearm and second degree certain persons not to possess a firearm.

According to Robertson, at about 4:15 p.m. Oct. 26, Somerville Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area of Third Street and Center Street. Robertson said an investigation found that a motorist from Easton, Pennsylvania, was in the area when he was approached by Azikwa D. Rustin and Wright, who shot at him while he was inside his vehicle.

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During the shooting, Robertson said, Rustin was shot in the buttocks by his accomplice, Wright.

A continuing investigation found that Alquan Harris, 20, of Somerville, was also present during the shooting and participated in events related to the shooting.

Robertson said that Harris surrendered to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Nov. 3.

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting, Robertson said, but preliminary results indicate that the victim may have been mistaken for someone else.

Wright responded to the Franklin Township Police Department at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17, and surrendered to law enforcement authorities.

Wright was taken to Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, Somerville Borough Police Department at 908-725-0331 or the STOPit app by downloading it to a smart phone and entering the access code SOMERSETNJ.

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