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UPDATE: Authorities Investigate Franklin Township Homicide

Franklin Township (Somerset)

Somerset County officials announced an ongoing homicide investigation in Franklin Township. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson stated that on Monday, November 2, at approximately 8:41 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to numerous 9-1-1 calls reporting a shooting victim inside of a Barbershop located on Hamilton Street, Somerset section of Franklin Township.

According to police, responding officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound inside of the establishment. Franklin Township Police Officers immediately began to administer lifesaving measures along with responding emergency medical personnel.

The victim, whom authorities have identified as Denny Sanchez, 34, of Franklin Park was transported to an area trauma center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that 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 New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death.

According to the preliminary investigation, the shooting was an isolated incident. No motive has been released by investigators assigned to the investigation.

Somerset County officials request anyone with information relating to this homicide to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-5533.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.