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Shooting Outside Masonic Temple Kills Young Mother & Critically Injures Another Man

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Yet another life has been claimed by gun violence in New Brunswick, at least the fourth this year.  A 21-year-old female died today from gunshot wounds, and another victim remains hospitalized in critical condition this afternoon.

According to a report in the Home News Tribune, city activist Tormel Pittman said the 21-year-old woman was the mother of a two-year-old child.

Pittman also told the HNT's Bob Makin that his cousin Raheem Fuqua, the father of a young son, was critically injured in the shooting.

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New Brunswick Jazz Festival Kicks Off Tonight

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Founded by Allen McGriff eight years ago, the New Brunswick Jazz Festival began as a two-day event held at the Progressive Lodge on Hale Street.

McGriff said he founded the festival because of a "lack of jazz music being played," and that one of the primary purposes of the festival is to "give artists a venue to play."

And McGriff's efforts have resulted in giving artists seven different venues to play at this year's festival, which kicks off tonight at three of them.

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Video Shows RUPD Car Traveling at About 20mph Before Striking Student

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Video evidence of a tragic car accident involving a 21-year-old student pedestrian and a Rutgers police cruiser shows that the officer behind the wheel was not breaking the speed limit prior to the accident.

The video obtained by shows that the vehicle was accelerating and had covered approximately 50 feet in 1.73 seconds, before striking Ryan Sikder, of Wayne, NJ.

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NBPD Report Blames Student Struck By Rutgers Police Car

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Local police only interviewed two witnesses, including one who a police report said was "confused with the incident," before closing out an investigation into a student pedestrian that was struck and seriously injured by a police car last month.

The driver of the vehicle was a 39-year-old RUPD officer named Anthony Timbol.  He told investigators that he was attempting to head straight on College Avenue, and passed a Rutgers bus on the right before striking a pedestrian.

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Firefighters Battle Warehouse Blaze on Somerset Street

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Emergency vehicles responded to a fire that broke out tonight around 11pm at a warehouse on the border between New Brunswick and Somerset County's Franklin Township.

Fire companies from as far away as East Brunswick and Edison responded to the blaze at 366 Somerset Street, the home of Ding & A Trading Corporation.

Firefighters battled the blaze well into the morning, which sent smoke all through the city's downtown and the area of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

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