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Plainfield Man Dead, Scotch Plains Woman Critically Injured in Shooting

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — A shooting that left a Plainfield man dead and a Scotch Plains woman seriously injured in Plainfield late Saturday is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan announced Sunday.

The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Welsh, 34, of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a ShotSpotter gunshot notification shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday arrived at the area of New and West 5th streets to find the two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Welsh was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.

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The female victim, a 25-year-old Scotch Plains resident, remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The shooting remains under active joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective William Guy at 908-347-2212.  

The Union County Crime Stoppers are also 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) or online at www.uctip.org

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