FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – A second suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the May, 2019 shooting death of 30-year-old David D. Anderson at Naaman Williams Park, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Ameer Harris aka “A Dot”, 29, of Camner Avenue, New Brunswick is charged with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He is lodged in the Somerset County Jail where he will remain pending a detention hearing.
Previously arrested on Nov. 21 was Najee K. Croom aka “Na-Murder”, 28, Wright Place, New Brunswick. He is charged with 1st degree Murder, 2nd degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and 2nd degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. Croom was served with his criminal complaint at the Middlesex County Corrections Center where he had been lodged since May 29, 2019 on unrelated charges stemming from an incident in Middlesex County.
Robertson provided the following account of the May 18, 2019 shooting and subsequent investigation:
Franklin police received a 911 call around 11 p.m. that night reporting that someone had been shot multiple times at the park on Matilda Avenue during a large gathering of people. The shooting victim had already been driven to an area hospital and died from his injuries while undergoing emergency treatment.
An ongoing investigation by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department includes several interviews, which led to the first arrest last year.
Harris was also identified as a suspect and was arrested by New Brunswick police without incident on Tuesday, May 26.
Robertson asks that anyone with information relating to the homicide 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.