SOMERSET, NJ - A New Brunswick man is facing charges related to the shooting death of a Franklin man, according to a press release from Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. 

Police say Ameer Harris aka “A Dot”, 29, of New Brunswick has been arrested in relation to the shooting of David D. Anderson, 30, at Naaman Williams Park on May 18, 2019. Police say Anderson was taken to an area hospital by a civilian and died of his injuries while undergoing treatment.

Najee K. Croom aka “Na Murder”, 27, of New Brunswick, shot Anderson and was charged on November 21, 2019, with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. 

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Croom was served with his criminal complaint at the Middlesex County Corrections Center where he has been lodged since May 29, 2019, on unrelated charges stemming from Middlesex County, according to Robertson.

Croom is also facing charges of aggravated assault after an investigation by Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that an hour before the shooting incident, he allegedly used a handgun to strike a woman in the face in Franklin Township.

According to police, the alleged assault with the handgun resulted in bleeding and bruising on the woman, whom authorities are not identifying.

"As a result of the follow-up investigation surrounding the homicide defendant, Ameer Harris was identified and charged for his involvement in the death of David D. Anderson," Robertson said in a statement. “On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Ameer Harris was apprehended without incident by New Brunswick Police Department."  

Harris has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.  Harris will remain in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Police request anyone with information relating to the shooting incident 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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