FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP (Somerset County), NJ – A 25-year-old township resident wounded by a gunshot drove his vehicle into a residence on Foxwood Drive near midnight on Saturday, May 25.
Police discovered Dominic J. Frederick of Winston Drive had been shot and was unconcious when they tried to remove him from the vehicle; he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
The shooting occurred in the area of Petty Road, near the Franklin Greens Apartments, Robertson said.
It is the second fatal shooting in the township in the past week.
Robertson provided the following account:
Police received multiple 911 calls about the car crashing into the residence around 11:05 p.m.
Township police and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office responded along with the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to conduct the investigation, which determined that after the shooting, Frederick continued to drive his vehicle, eventually crashing into the home.
There were other passengers in the car, none of whom were injured as a result of the shooting or the crash. Police have not identifed the passengers.
An autopsy performed by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that Frederick’s death was a homicide.
In the second shooting death on May 18, a 30-year-old township resident late died at the hospital after he was taken there by someone that had been at the same party as the victim in the area of Naaman Williams Park near Matilda Avenue, according to Robertson.
The victim was identified as David D. Anderson, of Henry Street.
A 911 call was received at 11 p.m. May 18 reporting that a man had been shot multiple times in the vicinity of 94 Matilda Ave. Police determined the shooting occurred during a large gathering at Naaman Williams Park. Authorities were able to locate and identify the victim as Anderson at an area hospital where he had been transported by someone at the party following the shooting. Anderson succumbed to his injuries while undergoing emergency treatment, accordoing to Robertson.
Robertson requests anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or Franklin Township police 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) or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.