An ongoing homicide investigation is taking place in New Jersey after the second city councilman in less than a week was gunned down inside a vehicle.
Milford Councilman Russell Heller was killed in Franklin Township in Somerset County, according to County Prosecutor John McDonald.
It came just a week after police found first-year Sayreville councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour fatally shot in a vehicle near her home. An investigation into her murder has remained ongoing.
At approximately 7:02 a.m. Wednesday Franklin Township police responded to multiple 911 calls from the parking lot of the PSE&G facility in Somerset.
Responding officers reportedly found Heller, 51, inside his vehicle already dead from a gunshot wound. He worked at the facility.
A former employee of PSE&G, later identified as 58-year-old Gary Curtis of Washington, New Jersey, allegedly approached and shot Heller, an investigation conducted by the Franklin Township Police Department, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and investigators from the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office revealed.
At about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, detectives tracked Curtis to a vehicle in a parking lot area in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey. They approached the suspect’s vehicle and found him dead beside a firearm.
On Friday, McDonald provided an update regarding Curtis’ motive, saying it was related to prior employment disciplinary actions between the subordinate and supervisor. Curtis was a former employee of PSE&G.
A handgun revolver used by Curtis was found on his person after his own self-inflicted gunshot wound and death.
“Investigators have confirmed that Mr. Heller was a Republican councilman for Milford Borough (Hunterdon County),” McDonald added. “The investigation has revealed that the shooting of Mr. Heller was not politically connected with his elected office or political affiliation.”
Due to the ongoing investigation, the prosecutor’s office declined to comment any further to Newsweek.