Shots Heard on Hamilton Street May Have Come From Imitation Gun

UPDATE (3:41pm): This article has been updated to include comments from the NBPD spokesperson Captain JT Miller.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Several people called the police shortly after midnight on June 19 to report hearing four or five gunshots and witnessing people running from a house party on Hamilton Street.

"We're just getting calls of shots heard in the area," said a dispatcher, according to police radio transmissions.

Police did not find any victims, or evidence of a shooting near the intersection with Robinson and Harvey Streets.  An ambulance was called to the scene at approximately 12:30am, for an assault victim.

"On June 19th at approximately 12:30 am officers responded to a report of shots fired and a large party on Hamilton Street," said Captain JT Miller.  "Upon arrival the officers located an individual who claims he was assaulted at the party however he did not want to cooperate and refused medical treatment."

"It was just a fight and someone pulled out a gun," said one officer over the police radio.

"A small cut was observed on the victim’s face.  Other witnesses indicated that someone at the party fired an imitation gun into the air," said Miller.  "No suspect description could be provided. Detectives continue to investigate and a loud party summons was issued to the residents."

An officer said that, after speaking to witnesses, he believed it was a "starter pistol or an airgun or something."

As we reported, airsoft guns have been used to injure and frighten people in several incidents near the Rutgers University campus this past year.

Police saw a group running from the party towards Easton Avenue, and witnesses described a grey four-door vehicle driving the wrong way down Robinson Street in the aftermath of this incident.

But, according to police radio transmissions, it does not appear anyone was arrested in the case.

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