Second New Jersey Republican council member found shot dead in car


Second New Jersey Republican council member found shot dead in car

A New Jersey council member was fatally shot in a parking lot outside his job Wednesday, just one week after another politician in the state was gunned down in her car.

Russell Heller, 51, a Republican on the Milford Borough Council, was found dead just after 7 a.m. in the parking lot of PSE&G, the energy company where he worked, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Authorities quickly determined that a former employee of PSE&G, identified as Gary T. Curtis, 58, of Washington, had approached Heller in the parking lot and shot him outside his vehicle, the prosecutor's office said.

Detectives were able to track Curtis down hours later to a parking lot area in Bridgewater Township, where they found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, it said. Curtis, who was in possession of a firearm at the time, was pronounced dead shortly after.

Detectives are still working to establish a motive in the incident, the prosecutor's office said.

Heller's death comes a week after Eunice Dwumfour, a fellow Republican on the Sayreville Borough Council, was found fatally shot in her vehicle near her home. Police have yet to identify a potential suspect or motive in her death.

Sayreville is around 55 miles east of Milford.

Source: NBC News

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