Plainfield Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Connection with Double Shooting

Union County officials announced that Plainfield man, Pernell O. White, has been arrested and charged with being responsible for a shooting that left two people seriously injured late last month.

According to officials, White, 33, is charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and three related second-degree weapons offenses.

Police reported that shortly after 9 p.m. on Monday, August 31, members of the Plainfield Police Division responded to the area of New and West 4th streets, where they encountered the two shooting victims, a 26-year-old male and a 37-year-old male, according to the investigation.

Officials reported that the victims were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for emergency treatment.

The investigation resulted in White being identified as a suspect in the shooting, and he was arrested without incident on Wednesday and lodged in the Union County Jail, with a first appearance and detention hearing pending in Superior Court.

The potentially connected fatal shooting of 23-year-old Plainfield man Leroy Hayes, which took place on the 200 block of Pond Place in Plainfield earlier on the evening of August 31, remains under an active investigation.

Anyone with information on either incident is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873 or Sgt. Christopher Scuorzo at 908-472-0492.

The Union County Crime Stoppers are also offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in connection with the fatal shooting of Hayes; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at www.uctip.org.