PLAINFIELD, NJ - A shooting in the city's West End late Thursday night claimed the life of a 60-year-old man.

Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday the investigation of a homicide in the 700 block of W. Fourth Street shortly before midnight Thursday.

The victim has been identified as 60-year-old Frank Drayton.

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Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a report of gunshots being fired found Drayton, who was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

A joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Plainfield Police Division, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit has revealed that Drayton "was sitting on his rear porch when an unidentified individual approached him, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. Following an exchange of words, the suspect shot Drayton, then fled the area on foot," according to a release from the prosecutor's office.

Anyone with information about Drayton’s death is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048.

The Union County Crime Stoppers also are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at