Two charged for June shooting in Franklin Township

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FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill announced the arrests of Nadir M. Lopez, age 20, Edpas Road, New Brunswick and Jailen D. Coleman, age 26, Bergen Court, New Brunswick in relation to a shooting that occurred on Somerset Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 16, 2021 in Franklin Township.

Prosecutor Robertson stated that on June 16, 2021, at approximately 12:23 a.m., Franklin Township Police officers were dispatched to a nearby hospital for a wounded victim that was reportedly shot while on Somerset Street in Franklin Township. 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 along with detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. As a result of this investigation, Nadir M. Lopez and Jailen D. Coleman were identified as the individuals involved in the shooting.

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On Friday, July 16, 2021, Nadir M. Lopez was arrested in New Brunswick without incident. Prosecutor Robertson stated that defendant Lopez was charged 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.On Monday, July 26, 2021, 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.