SAYREVILLE, NJ – Witnesses inside the luxury townhome community of La Mer in Sayreville reported hearing as many as 13 gunshots during the shooting murder of Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfor.
Residents of the neighborhood took to the Nextdoor app to share information in the aftermath of the shooting.
Several witnesses reported hearing a large number of gunshots during the incident. After the shooting stopped, Dwumfor’s car rolled down the road before stopping after it came into contact with another vehicle.
Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive in the shooting. Detectives said the shooting death does not appear to be random. Police are still investigating the incident. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the shooting does not appear to be politically motivated.
Some witnesses reported the shots were grouped into two bursts of between five and six shots. Other witnesses reported seeing a gunman wearing a mask fleeing the scene after the shooting, heading toward the Garden State Parkway adjacent to the complex.
It was also reported that Dwumfor had spoken to her attacker just moments before her death. Dwumfor was married to Nigerian based pastor Eze Kings.
An entire community and state leadership officials are mourning the passing of a rising star in New Jersey politics.
An elected councilwoman from Sayreville, New Jersey, was found dead in her car outside her townhouse on Points of Wood Drive on Wednesday night, having been shot multiple times.
Eunice Dwumfour, according to Sayreville police, was the intended target of the shooting, but at this point, a motive has not been determined.
“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence. Her career of public service was just beginning, and by all accounts she had already built a reputation as a committed member of the Borough Council who took her responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “I send my condolences to Councilwoman Dwumfour’s family and friends, her governing body colleagues, and the entire Sayreville community. Sayreville is a proud, tight-knit, and safe community and I know that it will come together, as it always has, in common purpose. The New Jersey State Police are supporting the ongoing investigation, and I urge anyone with information to contact either the Sayreville Police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.”
“On behalf of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, I would like to express our horror and deepest sorrow at the senseless violence that claimed the life of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour. We will remember Eunice for her steadfast dedication to the community, as well as her deep and abiding Christian faith. We have the utmost confidence that law enforcement will bring the perpetrators of this heartbreaking tragedy to justice. God Bless Councilwoman Dwumfour and her family.”
Councilwoman Dwumfor was a Scrum management professional with a BA in Women and Gender Studies from William Paterson University.
She ran for office, hoping her background could make a difference in her community. She was a graduate of Newark public schools and worked as a business analyst for businesses and non-profit groups.
She was recently named to Insider NJ’s “African American Power” list in 2022.
At this time, no suspects have been identified. No arrests have been made.
Article has been updated as of 9:30 pm by Phil Stilton to include comments from Phil Murphy and Bob Hugin.