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SAYREVILLE, New Jersey (WABC) -- Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour, from Sayreville, was shot & killed in her car on Wednesday night.
Dwumfour, 30, was found inside her car with multiple gunshot wounds on Samuel Circle just before 7:30 p.m..
Police say they believe the Newark native was the intended target of the shooting, but do not have a clear motive.
They think her car traveled about 100 feet before slamming into two parked cars.
Dwumfour was elected to the council in 2022. The Republican defeated an incumbent Democrat to begin a 3-year term on the Borough Council.
She was also a business analyst & part-time EMT.
Gov. Phil Murphy said no one can remember the last time a sitting politician was fatally shot in the state.
"We can't remember who that is," Murphy said Thursday of the last elected official to be shot while in office. "It's just a shocking, shocking development."
"On behalf of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, I would like to express our horror & deepest sorrow at the senseless violence that claimed the life of Eunice Dwumfour," New Jersey Republican Chairman Bob Hugin said. "We will remember Eunice for her steadfast dedication to the community, as well as her deep and abiding Christian faith."
Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said the entire community is shocked & saddened.
"Eunice was a dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents. The fact that she was taken from us by a despicable criminal act makes this incident all the more horrifying," Kilpatrick said.
Sayreville Police & Middlesex County officials are investigating the incident. No arrests have been made.
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