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Police Investigate Shooting of Two Franklin Residents; Somerset Man Arrested on Firearm and Narcotics Charges

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Kasseem Stewart-Hunt Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office
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SOMERSET, NJ - A 20-year-old resident of Franklin Township was arrested and charged with firearm and narcotics charges, and authorities have opened up an investigation into the shooting of two local residents, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. 

Franklin Township Police received a 911 call that two men had been shot while in the area of Winston Drive. Patrol units checked the area but were unable to locate the victims; 10 minutes later, police were notified by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick that two gunshot victims had arrived at the hospital’s emergency room, according to the prosecutor.

Robertson provided the following details: 

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A man wearing a dark-colored ski mask and dark colored jacket approached a parked car on Winston Drive; the two victims, 23- and 24-years-old, were seated inside. After a brief conversation, the gunman fired into the car, wounding both occupants. 

During the same night according to Robertson, Franklin Police received a call from a resident around 11:21 p.m. reporting two men were behind Pine Grove School waving a gun around.

Two men ran away when police arrived to investigate, according to Robertson. 

"A search of the area yielded two handguns which were located in the area where the males had been observed by the officers. Additional patrol units in the area located Kasseem Stewart-Hunt who was taken into custody. The second male who fled the area was subsequently observed by patrol officers inside defendant Stewart-Hunts residence," Robertson said. 

Police searched Stewart-Hunts Franklin Court residence and found and seized approximately 47 grams of heroin and 400 grams of marijuana, according to Robertson.  The second man was identified as Yulem Robles, 24, of Hale Street, in New Brunswick.

Police are trying to determine whether the two incidents are related.

Stewart-Hunt was charged with 2nd degree unlawful possession of a handgun, 4th degree possession of a defaced firearm, 4th degree possession of hollow point bullets, 4th degree obstruction of the administration of law, 2nd degree possession of a handgun without a permit, 1 count 2nd degree and 1 count 3rd degree possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and 3rd degree possession with intent to distribute narcotics in a school zone, according to Robertson.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533, or via the STOPit app by downloading STOPit to your smart phone at Google Play or the Apple Store and enter the access code SOMERSETNJ, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

 

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