NORTH PLAINFIELD – A 14-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man were killed and a 28-year-old man seriously injured in a shooting on Friday night, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said in a statement prepare.

North Plainfield Police responded at 8:06 p.m. on Friday to a call reporting multiple shooting victims at the Malcolm Gardens apartment complex on Little Place, Robertson said.

Officers on arrival found three male gunshot victims and immediately took action to save lives while securing the crime scene, the prosecutor said.

The 14-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and the 31-year-old was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, Robertson said. The 28-year-old man was in a hospital in the region in critical condition on Saturday, according to the prosecutor.

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Robertson said detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, North Plainfield Police Department and investigators from the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office from northern New Jersey are investigating.

The identity of the victims has not yet been released.

Robertson said the preliminary investigation found the three victims were sitting outside on a patio on the first floor of the apartment where one of them lives before the gunman confronted them and shot several balls nearby.

The detectives try to establish a motive and a description of the shooter.

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Anyone with information is urged to contact the Somerset County Attorney’s Office at 908-231-7100 or North Plainfield Police at 908-769-2937 or through the STOPit app. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers information line at 888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stoppers advice will be kept confidential.

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Susan Rent covers Middlesex County and more for MyCentralJersey.com. To get unlimited access to his work, please register or activate your digital account today.

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