PLAINFIELD, NJ – In the early morning hours of April 4, a fatal shooting took place on the 600 block of West 4th Street in Plainfield.  Both the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and Plainfield Police responded to the scene, and are both actively involved in the investigation.

UPDATED: The victim has been identified as 17-year-old Kassim Hayes.  Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Melissa Plum at 908-418-2817.  

In response to this latest act, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has issued a statement on the investigation.

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Statement from Mayor Adrian O. Mapp regarding shooting which occurred in Plainfield in the early morning of April 4, 2017

Every human life is precious and irreplaceable. It strikes me to my core every time I hear that life is taken here in Plainfield. The police are investigating the most recent shooting, and I am unable to comment with details as it is an active and ongoing investigation. However, over the past several years our law enforcement officers have been working tirelessly; there have been increased patrols, increased community policing, more surveillance cameras on the streets, and we have installed lighting all over the City. We have also partnered with outside law enforcement agencies for added manpower and resources. Violent crime is down by 30% since 2013. But, the unfortunate fact is that law enforcement cannot be everywhere, all the time.

Our residents need and deserve peace of mind, and that is why we are vigorously pursuing short and long term solutions, which involve education, recreation, job creation and some out of the box thinking. We also need our community to mobilize and join us to take a stand against crime. If every single resident in Plainfield got involved, we would drive crime from our streets. Crime cannot thrive when decent, law abiding citizens unite against it.

I love this City, I am dedicated, and will continue to fight for it, one life at a time.

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