NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–At 2:25am yesterday morning, four parked vehicles sustained damage after gunshots rang out in the New Brunswick Apartments, a garden apartment complex located in the city's First Ward.
Officially located at 33 Commercial Avenue, the apartment complex has 206 units spread across 15 buildings, making it the sixth-largest private apartment complex in the city.
The incident is at least the second shooting shooting incident in the complex in as many weeks.
"A witness described a white four door vehicle drive into the complex and shots were fired from the vehicle into a crowd standing between Buildings 8 and 9," reads the New Brunswick Police Department statement. "Someone from the crowd returned fire at the white vehicle which then fled the area."
One week earlier, police responded to another gunshot incident, where a 24-year-old man was found shot in the leg. NBPD Captain JT Miller told the Home News Tribune that the victim was "extremely uncooperative" with the ensuing investigation.
No official press statements were issued regarding that shooting, but now the police department says it is stepping up its efforts to improve safety in the area.
"The New Brunswick Police Department has seen an uptick in criminal activity in the 33 Commercial Avenue area recently," reads the statement issued this afternoon.
"The police department has deployed its Neighborhood Police Team, including foot patrols, and its Anti-Crime Unit to the area to address these issues."
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Kenneth Abode at (732) 745-5217.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick.