FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and township police are investigating the shooting death of a 30-year-old township resident late Saturday night in the area of Naaman Williams Park near Matilda Avenue, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

The victim was identified as David D. Anderson, of Henry Street.

Robertson provided the following account:

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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.

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations and Forensics Unit, the Franklin Township Police Department, and the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death. Authorities are requesting assistance from any witnesses who may have been at the gathering prior to the shooting and can provide any information.

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 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 online at or at and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.