NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The victim of a shooting that occurred in the early evening hours of National Night out Aug. 6 in North Plainfield has been identified and the investigation is still active and ongoing, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced on Thursday evening.
The victim has been identified as 16 year-old Altereek Johnson of Liberty Street, Plainfield, New Jersey.
The cause of death was a single gun-shot wound to the upper torso with the manner being ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. Detectives have established a preliminary motive for the shooting which is not being released in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at approximately 7:24 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received reporting an unknown male on the ground, possibly hit by a motor vehicle. Upon arrival, North Plainfield police officers located the victim, a 16 year-old male Plainfield resident, with a gunshot wound on the ground, in the area of Steiner Avenue. North Plainfield EMS responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures on the victim. Johnson was transported to a nearby hospital and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
Detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene, along with detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department to conduct an investigation.
Detectives have established that the shooting was an isolated incident and the victim was the intended target. No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information relating to this shooting or who may have witnessed the 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.