NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police are investigating two non-fatal shootings they say they believe are related. The incidents took place just seven blocks away from one another in the span of less than three hours.
Police have not made any arrests but a NBPD press release issued the following morning named both of the city residents who were struck by gunfire.
In the first shooting, 18-year-old Brian Lambert was shot once in the abdomen near the intersection of Lee Avenue and Talmadge Street at about 8pm, as we reported shortly thereafter.
Two hours and forty minutes later, 55-year-old Mildred Porter was shot twice, once in her shoulder and once in her mouth, while sitting in her car on May Street, between Livingston and Lee Avenues.
“She’s got one round to the face, looks like it grazed her face. Have EMS step it up,” said one officer on the scene over the police radio.
“Ms. Porter was seated in her vehicle when an unknown male, wearing black clothing and a white ski mask, approached the vehicle and fired multiple shots,” reads the official NBPD statement released about 13 hours later.
According to police radio transmissions, the suspect may have fled in a silver Toyota towards Lee Avenue.
Both victims were treated for “non-life-threatening” injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, according to the police press release.
“The preliminary police investigation suggests that the two shootings are related,” reads the statement.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.