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Police Arrest Two Men for Franklin Township Shooting

By rlsmetro on
Franklin Township (Somerset)

Authorities in Somerset County are reporting the arrests of Mr. Nadir M. Lopez, 20, and Mr. Jailen D. Coleman, 26, both from New Brunswick, in relation to a shooting that occurred on Somerset Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 16,  in Franklin Township.  

According to a statement released by Prosecutor Robertson, on June 16, 2021, at approximately 12:23 a.m., Franklin Township Police officers were dispatched to a nearby hospital for a wounded victim shot while on Somerset Street in Franklin Township.  

Officials said the victim, a New Brunswick resident, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.  

Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.  

As a result of this investigation, officials identified Lopez and Coleman as the individuals involved in the shooting.  

On Friday, July 16, police arrested Lopez in New Brunswick without incident.

 Authorities charged  Lopez with 1st degree Attempted Murder, 1st-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, 2nd-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and 2nd-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon without a Permit.  Defendant Lopez was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter.

According to authorities, on Monday, July 26, Jailen D. Coleman was arrested in Edison without incident.  

Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Coleman was charged with 1st-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, 2nd-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose and 2nd-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon without a Permit.  Defendant Coleman was lodged at the Somerset County Jail pending a bail detention hearing in this matter.  

A motive for the shooting remains under investigation.

Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor and Director Spruill request anyone with information relating to the shooting to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533