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Update – Ongoing homicide investigation in North Plainfield

NEWS RELEASE

Post Date:08/09/2019

North Plainfield, N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and North Plainfield Chief of Police William Parenti announced that the investigation into a shooting that occurred in the early evening hours of August 6, 2019 in North Plainfield is still active and ongoing. 

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, at approximately 7:24 p.m., a 9-1-1 call was received reporting an unknown male on the ground, possibly hit by a motor vehicle.  Upon arrival, North Plainfield police officers located the victim, a 16 year-old male Plainfield resident, with a gunshot wound on the ground, in the area of Steiner Avenue.  North Plainfield EMS responded to the scene and performed life-saving measures on the victim.  The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The victim has been identified as 16 year-old Altereek Johnson of Liberty Street, Plainfield, New Jersey.  

Detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene, along with detectives from the North Plainfield Police Department to conduct an investigation. An autopsy was performed by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.  The cause of death was a single gun-shot wound to the upper torso with the manner being ruled a homicide.  Detectives have established a preliminary motive for the shooting which is not being released in order to maintain the integrity of the investigation.  Detectives have established that the shooting was an isolated incident and the victim was the intended target.  No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Chief Parenti request anyone with information relating to this shooting or who may have witnessed the shooting, to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the North Plainfield Police Department at (908) 769-2937 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential. 

           Note: The above information is based on a preliminary and on-going investigation, which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office’s understanding of the facts and circumstances may change as additional evidence is collected and analyzed.

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