RAHWAY — A 33 year old man was shot at about 2:18 a.m. Thursday on the 300 block of Elm Avenue in what appears to be a botched robbery attempt.
Police said the victim was walking along the road near the vicinity of Bryant Street, when he was approached by two suspects that police described as “Hispanic men in their 20s” who demanded money.”
“The assailants fired two rounds,” Rahway Police Sergeant Charles Sabba said. “The victim was hit once in the shoulder.”
“He was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries,” said Sabba.
“I understand he’s doing pretty good,” said Sabba, who added that the victim remains hospitalized.
The gunman and his accomplice reportedly fled on foot eastbound on Elm Avenue, towards Campbell Street. The suspects are not believed to have taken anything from the victim.
Police are requesting any witnesses with information about the crime to contact them at 732-827-2200.
This is the tenth armed assault in the city this year, reflecting a 30 increase over the same period last year, according to State Police records.
In 2012, there were a total of four shootings among 20 armed assaults in the city and last year, gun violence accounted for six of the 15 armed assaults reported by police in Rahway.
The majority of crimes in the city remain unsolved. Authorities have not yet fully responded to a request that was made in April for details concerning the 60 crimes in Rahway involving firearms that have been reported for the previous three years.
Critics have charges that City Hall is trying to covering up violence crime to mute political opposition in the months leading up to a pivotal election.
Interim Mayor Samson Steinman easily overcame Democratic opposition in the primary but he faces two challengers in November, independent Renee Thrash and Republican Patrick Cassio.
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