Updated: Aug 15, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William G. Parenti announced an on-going i
nvestigation into a triple shooting which resulted in the homicide death of a 14 year old male and a 31 year old male.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 8:06 p.m. North Plainfield Police responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting multiple shooting victims at the Malcolm Gardens Apartment Complex on Little Place, North Plainfield, New Jersey. Responding North Plainfield Patrol Officers encountered three (3) male shooting victims and immediately initiated life saving measures and requested for emergency personnel and medevac assets while securing the crime scene. Emergency medical personnel from North Plainfield Fire Department Emergency Medical Services, Medic 1 from Atlantic Health Care, and the New Jersey State Police North Star Medevac all responded to provided critical life saving measures and triage the scene.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that one male shooting victim, age 14, was pronounced deceased at the scene; one male shooting victim, age 31, was transported via ambulance to an undisclosed area trauma center and pronounced deceased; and the third male shooting victim, age 28, was medevac to an undisclosed area trauma center where he underwent emergency surgery for multiple gunshots and is listed in critical condition.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, the North Plainfield Police Department, and Investigators for the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office responded to conduct the investigation which remains on-going. The identities of the shooting homicide victims have not been released by authorities as they make next of kin notifications. A post mortem examination will be performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Prosecutor Robertson stated that the preliminary investigation has revealed that all three victims were sitting outside on a first floor patio area of the apartment in which one of the male victims resided. The assailant(s) confronted the victims as they were sitting outside and fired multiple rounds within close proximity of the victims, striking all three male victims. Detectives are attempting to establish a motive and a description of the assailant(s).
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information relating to the homicide/shooting investigation to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office (908) 231-7100 or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.
NOTE: The following information is based on a preliminary and ongoing investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.