Gunfire Kills 27-Year-Old Man in Franklin Township

Somerset County officials announced an ongoing homicide investigation in Franklin Township.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, at approximately 11:52 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to 9-1-1 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Village Drive, Franklin Park.

Officials say responding officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of Village Drive.

Franklin Township Police Officers immediately began to administer lifesaving measures along with responding to emergency medical personnel.

The victim, whom authorities have identified as Mr. Raphael Edwards, 27, Village Drive, was transported to an area trauma center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased official said.

Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, responded to conduct the investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death.

Preliminary investigation is that the shooting was an isolated incident, according to officials.

Investigators are attempting to establish a motive.