ROSELLE — The Union County Homicide Task Force and the Roselle Police Department are continuing to investigate a shooting that killed two men and injured two others, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said.
A 9-1-1 call was received at 10:07 p.m. on March 8, reporting shots fired near 612 Walnut Street in Roselle. When authorities and first responders arrived on the scene they discovered four men, who had been outside the residence, were shot.
“This appears to be a targeted event,” said Romankow, “there is no reason to believe at this point that other residents of the borough are in danger.”
One victim, 24-year-old Breyon Williams of Normandy Place in Roselle, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Romankow. The second victim, Anthony Howard, 24, was taken to University Hospital where he died a short time later. Howard was a resident of 612 Walnut Street. Two other men, an 18-year-old from Roselle and a 25-year-old Newark resident, were transported to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives and crime scene investigators worked through the night to gather evidence and interview potential witnesses. At this point no arrests have been made and authorities are working to establish a motive for the shooting, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The shooting marks the sixth and seventh homicides in Union County for 2012.
Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley echoed Romankow’s comments saying that this appears to be a targeted event. He continues to urge residents in the borough to be vigilant and work with the police department to keep the community safe.
“I plead to the individual or individuals responsible to please stop,” said Holley “This an end game that leads nowhere. Violence is never the answer and an act like this, performed in rage or hatred has a ripple effect that touches many families, causes trouble and heartache. Violence is never the answer.”
Authorities urge anyone with information about the crime to contact Union County Crime Stoppers at 1-908-654-TIPS or www.uctip.org. All tips are kept anonymous and information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible are eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000.
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