UPDATE (8/31): New Brunswick police confirmed that there was a second victim who was “struck near the armpit area.”
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A young woman was shot near the intersection of Hamilton and Hartwell Streets, at approximately 12:40am on August 30, according to police radio transmissions.
“Got an 18-year-old female, [gunshot wound] to the left arm, conscious and alert,” said an officer in NBPD car #906 over the radio. “She believes she was on Hartwell Street, heard gunshots, and she ended up being shot.”
But a crime alert issued by Rutgers University just hours later did not mention a shooting, and instead characterized the incident as an “aggravated assault.”
“In this incident the victim was walking in the area and reported being struck in the left arm by an unknown projectile discharged from a passing vehicle,” reads the crime alert, which said the victim was affiliated with Rutgers.
“The vehicle was described as a dark colored older model four door sedan occupied by four male perpetrators, which fled the area in an unknown direction. The descriptions of the perpetrators are limited at this time.”
Ambulances was called to the scene and told there was a victim with a gunshot wound, and potentially another victim as well.
“Make it two [ambulances]. We might have a second victim,” said an officer over the police radio.
The New Brunswick Police Department is leading the investigation, but have not announced any arrests or charges. An email seeking more information from an NBPD spokesperson was not immediately returned.
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.