Roselle To Ramp Up Police Presence In Wake Of Shootings

ROSELLE—Mayor Jamel C. Holley and Police Chief Gerald Orlando announced Monday that there would be an increase in police vehicle and foot patrols following Saturday’s mid-day shootings that wounded three.

“My administration, the Roselle Police Department, Borough Council and the entire community work hard to maintain the quality of life that has come to define Roselle,” Holley said. “We pride ourselves in this safe community and we will do everything in our power to maintain that level of safety.”

The escalated police presence is an extension of the Roselle Police Department’s Quality of Life Operation Plan.

All three victims were shot with a small caliber handgun, police said. Two of the victims were shot in the back and the third was shot in the back of the leg. A police investigation showed that the victims were shot as they were running from the area of East 12th Avenue and Morris Street.

Witnesses reported two alleged shooters. The first is a light-skinned, black or Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a white tank top. A dark-skinned, black female with dreadlocks accompanied him, according to police.

The victims were: Samad Jenkins, 23, of Elizabeth; Aaron Texidore, 20, of Edison and Alfonso Garnett, 20, of Rahway.

The motive for the incident has yet to be established, as the victims have been uncooperative with law enforcement officials, according to police.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding this incidentto contact the Roselle Police Department Detective Bureau at (908) 245-9200 or the Union County Crime Stoppers at (908) 654-TIPS (8477).

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