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UPDATE (11:30AM): The New Brunswick Police Department issued a statement identifying the victim in this incident as 29-year-old Frederick Foat of New Brunswick, and confirming he was shot in the face.
“He was treated at the hospital and at listed in stable condition,” reads the press release. “At this time there is no suspect identity or description, however the detectives believe the shooter may have fled in a black vehicle with tinted windows.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brandt Gregus at (732) 745-5217.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—One man was hospitalized after being shot on Gatling Court in the Fourth Ward’s Robeson Village public housing complex on September 7, according to police radio transmissions.
The New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) is investigating the incident, after getting several calls regarding six or seven gunshots heard in the neighborhood at about 10:21pm.
One source told New Brunswick Today that a man from Franklin Township fired into a crowd, shooting one person in the face before fleeing. The source recalled there had been a prior dispute earlier in the day.
A crime scene was located in the vicinity of 9 Gatling Court, where officers spotted blood, One Gatling Court resident reported bullets going through their windows in the melee.
Callers to police headquarters reported that victims were seen in a red car, as well as on the ground near the dumpsters at the public housing complex.
But police were unable to locate any victims in the neighborhood. Instead, the man turned up in the emergency room after being transported there in a private vehicle.
“Somebody just brought a victim in,” said one officer at the hospital over to the police radio.
Investigators were looking for two teenagers wearing white T-shirts in connection with the shooting. Witnesses said they fled towards Franklin Township, which is located just across Route 27 from the neighborhood.
A small brushfire erupted in the aftermath, perhaps starting when a grill was knocked over in the commotion, according to the radio transmissions.
“Send fire up to the Ville,” an officer on scene said. “I guess when this shooting happened, a grill fell over. We got a fire here now.”
The fire was quickly defeated by fire extinguishers but the New Brunswick Fire Department still responded.
The complex is one of four in the city run by the New Brunswick Housing Authority, a local agency responsible for administering federal housing programs.
“I was about to go to sleep when I heard the shots,” said one New Brunswick Today reader who lives in the complex. “We need more patroling around here. Always something happening and innocent people could get hurt.”
Police arrested a juvenile with a gun in Franklin Township shortly after the shooting, but it’s not clear if that arrest is related.
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.