New Jersey officials are 'shocked' by 'horrifying' fatal shooting of local GOP councilwoman

Sayreville GOP Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour
Sayreville GOP Councilwoman Eunice DwumfourSayreville GOP
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  • A New Jersey Councilwoman was shot and killed in her car outside her home Wednesday.

  • She was found at approximately 7:22 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

  • Gov. Phil Murphy said he was "stunned" at Eunice Dwumfour's killing.

New Jersey officials said they are "stunned" and "shocked" after a Sayreville GOP councilwoman was found shot to death in her car outside of her home in Sayreville, New Jersey, Wednesday night.

Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was found in her car in the area of Samuel Circle after police responded to sounds of gunshots at approximately 7:22 p.m., according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Police believe that Dwumfour's car crashed after she was shot, the Washington Post reported.

She had multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

Dwumfour, a member of the local Human Relations Commission, was elected in 2021 and was a Republican councilwoman serving on the borough's council.

She was also a public safety liaison at the time of her death, Sayreville Police Chief Daniel Plumaker said in a statement.

Police said they have no motive in her killing but believe she was targeted, according to ABC7. A spokesman for the Sayreville Police Department could not confirm that report to Insider.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said he was "stunned" by Dwumfour's killing. He told reporters on Thursday that Dwumfour was the first sitting elected official to be killed while in office in the state in recent memory, ABC News reported.

"Her career of public service was just beginning, and by all accounts, she had already built a reputation as a committed member of the Borough Council who took her responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness," Murphy said in a statement. The New Jersey Democratic State Committee added that it is "grateful for Councilwoman Dwumfour's public service and her commitment to her community."

Mayor of Sayreville Victoria Kilpatrick said the community is "shocked and saddened" by Dwumfour's death.

"The fact that she was taken from us by a despicable criminal act makes this incident all the more horrifying," she added in a statement.

New Jersey Republican State Committee Chairman Bob Hugin expressed "horror and deepest sorrow at the senseless violence that claimed the life of" Dwumfour. He said she will be remembered by her service to the community and her Christain faith.

Mahesh Chitnis, who said he lived 300 feet from where Dwumfour was killed, paid tribute to his neighbor on Facebook. He said he was "shocked, scared and heartbroken" over her death, adding that she was shot while she was on her way home.

As a fellow Human Rights Commissioner, he said he was excited to see Dwumfour at their meeting scheduled for Thursday.

"When a fellow commissioner messaged me, I couldn't believe that this can happen in my town. After almost 2 hours, I am still processing the news..." Chitnis said.

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