NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A physical altercation in the city's Second Ward took a turn for the worst yesterday at approximately 7:45pm, leaving a 16-year-old child shot in the shoulder.
Police responded to a home on Hale Street where they found the male victim, who had been shot nearly two blocks away near the intersection of Remsen Avenue and Baldwin Street.
The victim lives in New Brunswick, and attends an an alternative school outside of the city, according to police.
"The preliminary police investigation suggests that the victim was familiar with the individuals involved in this incident and it stems from an ongoing dispute between all involved," reads a statement released by the New Brunswick Police Department.
Police radio transmissions suggested that the victim had been shot in the chest, but the press release said that he was shot once in the shoulder.
The victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where treatment was administered for the non-life-threatening injury.
"The victim, along with other involved individual(s) identified at the scene, has been uncooperative with the police investigation," the police statement says.
"The police department would like to emphasize to the public that this was not random act involving innocent bystanders."
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please call Detective Bill Coleman at (732) 745-5222 or 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 was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.