FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (SOMERSET COUNTY), NJ – A 21-year-old township resident has been charged with attempted murder and related charges in connection with a June 23 shooting on Reler Lane.

The suspect, Christopher Williams of Reler Lane, also faces charges of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun and fourth-degree possession of a defaced handgun. Williams is lodged in the Somerset County Jail in Somerville pending a detention hearing, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Robertson provided the following account:

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Police received a 911 call June 23 reporting a shooting in the area of Buildings 26 and 28 on Reler Lane. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Crime Scene Unit, as well as the Franklin Township Police Department Detective Bureau responded.

Their investigation revealed that a 23-year old resident of South Brunswick man reportedly approached a vehicle and was shot by the driver after an argument ensued. During the course of the investigation, the shooter was identified as Christopher Williams. 

On June 28 at 8:15 a.m. the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and tFranklin Township police executed a Superior Court-issued search warrant at Williams’ residence where he was taken into custody.  Detectives located and seized a handgun as a result of the search.

Robertson requests anyone with information 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 ownloaded 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) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.