SAYREVILLE, New Jersey (WABC) — Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was shot and killed in her car on Wednesday night.
Dwumfour, 30, was found inside her car with multiple gunshot wounds on Samuel Circle shortly before 7:30 pm, authorities said.
Police say they believe the Republican city councilor and Newark native was the target of the shooting, but have no clear motive.
They think her car traveled about 100 feet before hitting two parked cars.
Dwumfour was elected to the board in 2022. She was also a business analyst and part-time EMT.
Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said the entire community is shocked and saddened.
“Eunice was a dedicated member of our City Council who was truly committed to serving all of our residents. The fact that she was taken from us for a despicable criminal act makes this incident all the more horrific,” Kilpatrick said. “As Mayor, I worked very closely with Eunice in her time on City Council. In addition to her dedication to our community, I can share that she was a woman of deep faith and worked hard to integrate her strong Christian beliefs into her daily life. person and community leader. On a personal note, I cannot adequately express my feeling of sadness at the loss of a friend.”
News of the murder quickly spread overnight through the state’s political community, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
In December, Governor Murphy signed legislation banning concealed possession in so-called sensitive locations, in response to last year’s Supreme Court decision. It was immediately challenged by several rulings that diminished the state’s ability to enforce the law in certain locations. One was handed down by a federal judge on Monday.
Sayreville Police and Middlesex County officials are investigating the incident. No arrests were made.
Governor Phil Murphy released the following statement, saying he was surprised:
“I am shocked by the news of the murder of Sayreville Councilor Eunice Dwumfour last night in an act of armed violence. Her career in public service was just beginning and by all accounts she had already built a reputation as a member of committed commitment of the City Council who took their responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness. I send my condolences to the family and friends of Councilwoman Dwumfour, her colleagues on the governing body and the entire community of Sayreville. Sayreville is a proud, united and safe community and I know that this will happen if they come together, as always, in common purpose.The New Jersey State Police are supporting the ongoing investigation, and I urge anyone with information to contact Sayreville Police or the Middlesex County Attorney’s Office .”
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