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Monday, March 21, 2011

Homicide No. 5 Monday evening

Convenience store at West 3rd and Monroe Avenue. (Google Maps)

A reader texted me of Plainfield's fifth homicide of 2011 at 7:22 PM, shortly after City Council President Annie McWilliams' press conference on Council support for Recreation broke up.

The owner of the corner store at West Third Street and Monroe Avenue was fatally shot in the chest. MORE INFO AT 11:00 PM: The shooting happened outside the store, and it appears the victim was not an employee, but an innocent bystander and not the intended target.

Corner store, site of 5th homicide of 2011. (Google Street View)

Motive and perpetrator's identity not known at this time.

We can at least be thankful that someone responsible has stepped up to the plate on the gun issue in the person of Shiloh Baptist Church's pastor, the Rev. Dr. Gerald Lamont Thomas (see here), who called together last week's summit on guns and gun violence.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Rob said...

Sad day for Plainfield again....I assume the Mayor and Hellwig will be printing more flyers. I can hear the photocopier buzzing right now from 4blocks away.
I guess we're lucky the Mayor didn't reduce murders by only 100% because it would be a virtual shooting gallery in Plainfield.

Anonymous said...

Sad state of affairs in the city,

Anonymous said...

I worked with this man. He was a wonderful person he will be missed. My prayers are with the family

YEP I SAID IT!!! said...

To Rob -

The mayor will reduce crime by 300 percent by the time the next election comes around -NOT! However -I hope there is a RECALL before then. If she isn't RECALLED before her term is up -sometime this year . . . have mercy on Plainfield New Jersey.

Anonymous said...

I worked with this man undeserving as anyone is to get shot...this man was a true spirit of goodness and will be dearly missed