FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A third suspect has been charged in two back-to-back shootings on Dec. 30th and New Year's Eve after which police recovered 57 shell casings at both crime scenes.

One man was shot in the leg in the New Year's Eve incident but was not seriously wounded. No one was injured in the Dec. 30th shooting, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. The Dec. 30th shooting occurred on Barker Road; the New Year's Eve shooting occurred on King Road.

Omar Griggs, 19, of Mustang Trail, Somerset, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 26th without incident. He is charged with two counts of 1st degree Attempted Murder and one count of 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. He is lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing.

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Robertson provided the following account of the two shooting incidents:

Police responded to a 911 call at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 30th reporting multiple shots fired in the area of Barker Road. Franklin police detectives and detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit responded and determined 27 shots were fired at a residence on Barker Road that was occupied by a resident at the time.

The following day, police responded to a second 911 call at 2:26 a.m. reporting multiple shots fired in the area of King Road. Local and county prosecutor detectives responded and determined 30 shots had been fired at a King Road residence. A man inside was hit in the leg, taken to an area hospital, treated and released.

The subsequent investigation identified Griggs as a suspect; two other suspects charged in both shootings, Rome Cruz and Christopher Williams were taken into custody on Feb. 5th. Both remain lodged in the Somerset County Jail.

Robertson asks that anyone with information relating to these shootings 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.


Note: All charges are merely an accusation; all three suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.