NORTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. – Police are investigating the Aug. 6 shooting death of a 16-year-old who was found in the area of Steiner Avenue by police responding to a 911 call, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Robertson provided the following account:

The 911 call, reporting a man on the ground, possibly struck by a motor vehicle, was received at 7:24 p.m.

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Instead, police found the victim, a Plainfield resident, suffering from a gunshot wound. North Plainfield EMS performed life saving measures before transporting the victim to an area hospital where he died.

Detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit are working with  detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department on the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death. 

Preliminary investigation has indicated that the shooting is an isolated incident and the victim was the intended target.

Robertson asks anyone with information relating to this shooting to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 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.