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Suspect in Shooting Incident Surrenders in Somerville


SOMERVILLE, NJ – The father of a man wanted in connection with a Jan. 3 shooting incident in Franklin Township surrendered at the Somerset County Jail Feb. 10 to face charges of hindering apprehension., according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Jason Lewis, age 43, is lodged in the jail pending a detention hearing.

Lewis helped his son, identified by police as Jaki N. Hooks-Lewis, 20, of Dewald Avenue, Franklin, flee the scene of the Jan. 3 shooting, according to Robertson.

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On that day, Franklin Township Police responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting gunshots in the area of Dewald Avenue. When they arrived, police found a 31-year old man outside a Dewald Avenue residence, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg.

Detectives identified the shooter as Hooks-Lewis who is still a fugitive. They are urging him to surrender to law enforcement authorities. Detectives caution the public from approaching him as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Law enforcement authorities request anyone with information regarding the shooting, or anyone knowing the whereabouts of Jaki Hooks-Lewis, to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department (732) 873-5533.

Tipsters interested in collecting the Crime Stopper reward must call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net, and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE.”

All Crime Stopper tips are anonymous and they will be kept confidential.

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