ROSELLE, NJ – Authorities have “no hard evidence” that bricks thrown at Mayor Christine Dansereau’s house and that of a former council member on Jan. 12, were related to gunshots fired on the same morning.
Dansereau, on Saturday, gave an update on the incidents in which bricks were thrown at her house and the house of former Roselle Councilwoman Sylvia Turnage. “Everything is being investigated,” said the mayor.
She said she had no detailed information about shots that were fired on East 3rd Avenue near Linden Road, close to the homes of two councilmen, Yves Aubourg and Reginald Atkins. The shots, heard by a number of people in town, took place at about 2 a.m. Sources said bullet holes were found in a vehicle parked near Atkins’ home.
Atkins did not return messages.
“At this time there is no hard evidence that any of these incidents are related,” said Danserearu.
This was the second time Dansereau’s home had a brick thrown at it. This time, the tossed objects missed the mayor’s window and hit a shutter on her house. The first incident took place at the end of June when rocks were thrown through her front door and bay windows.
“I truly believe this is, once again, political retribution against me and anyone who stands with me and speaks out against those who are ruling unjustly in our community,” said the mayor after the latest incident. She said she thought this week’s attack took place after 12:30 a.m. but it was not discovered until later in the day.
Also struck, at 4:04 a.m.on Jan. 12, was the home of Turnage. Somebody threw a brick through her front window.
“This is a despicable cowardly act of violence perpetrated by a bunch of bullies,” said Turnage. “I will never stop speaking out for what is right for the citizens of Roselle.”
Turnage also posted on Facebook: “These cowardly acts were perpetrated by a host of bullies and thugs. Our community, Roselle has no room for such hate. I will continue to stand up and speak out against those who choose to rule unjustly, bully women, disrespect our seniors, manipulate our children and rob the taxpayers! We see you and we are not afraid!”
Dansereau and Turnage were both in Clark on Wednesday for a municipal court hearing on a harassment complaint the mayor had filed against state Assemblyman Jamel Holley. That hearing was postponed. No new date has been set.
After the gunshots were reported on Jan. 12, Roselle police launched an investigation. An Office of Emergency Management team was called in to assist with lighting equipment. Police would not confirm what was happening, but many residents at the scene said they heard two shots in the early morning hours.