FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - An 18-year-old from the Somerset section of Franklin Township has been charged with murder, according to police.
Tamar Reaves, also known as T-Mac, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a handgun without a permit and second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, according to officials.
"On Wednesday, Aug. 9, at approximately 7:54 a.m., multiple 9-1-1 calls were received by the Franklin Township Police Department, reporting a female gunshot victim on Battle Place," Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a statement. "Responding Officers located a female victim, age 18, laying on the pavement."
Police identified the victim as Chamari Webb. They said she suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound.
Cops and emergency medical personnel provided treatment to Webb, who was transported to a local trauma center, according to officials.
She was pronounced dead at 8:29 a.m, less than an hour later, according to officials.
"The investigation involved numerous witness interviews and a canvass of the neighborhood," Robertson said in a statement. "With the assistance of the New Brunswick police department, investigators were able to identify the suspect as defendant Reaves."
According to officials, Webb and Reaves encountered each other at a deli on Millstone Road. Webb walked back to her Battle Place residence and Reaves shot her, police say.
Detectives are investigating the motive for the shooting, according to officials. Officials said Webb and Reaves had a history, and Webb was the intended target of the shooting.
"Immediately following the shooting, the defendant fled on foot to a residence in New Brunswick; however, he was later observed near his own residence at approximately 2:35 p.m. where he was approached and detained for questioning," Robertson said in a statement. "Investigators subsequently obtained Superior Court search warrants, which were executed at the defendant’s Somerset residence and at the residence he entered in New Brunswick."
Reaves is being held in the Somerset County Jail, pending a bail detention hearing, according to officials.
An autopsy found that Webb was killed by a gunshot wound to the neck, classified as a homicide, according to officials.
"The quick, successful apprehension of defendant Reaves was a direct result of multiple law enforcement agencies in Somerset and Middlesex counties working together to identify, locate, and apprehend an individual who brazenly committed this senseless act of violence in broad daylight in a residential neighborhood," Robertson said.
Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533 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.