FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Police investigating a report of "shots fired" found 27 shell casings in the vicinity of Baier Avenue and Phillips Road Wednesday night, and a vehicle that had been struck and damaged by a gunshot, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
No injuries were reported.
Robertson provided the following account:
Police responded to a 911 call and arrived at the intersection around 11 p.m., where they spoke to a motorist who placed the call. He told police that while driving north on Phillips Road toward Baier Avenue he heard multiple “pops” which he initially thought were fireworks.
After hearing something strike his vehicle, which was also occupied by a second man, he realized that it was gun shots. Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department determined the damage to the vehicle was caused by a gun shot with a canvas of the area recovering 27 shell casings.
Undetermined is whether the two occupants of the car were the intended targets.
Robertson requests anyone with information relating to this shooting 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 smartphone 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.