A New Jersey councilwoman was shot and killed in a possible targeted attack outside her home

A 30-year-old woman found fatally shot in her townhouse complex in Sayreville has been identified by local authorities as Councilor Eunice Dwumfour.

She was shot while inside her white SUV, which appears to have then crashed into Samuel Circle around 7:22 p.m. Wednesday night, authorities said.

She suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. She lived in the townhouse complex where she was killed, a short walk from her home.

She appears to have been the target of gunfire, but the motive for the shooting was not immediately revealed.

Mahesh Chitnis, who sits on the Sayreville Human Relations Commission, posted on Facebook that the victim, who was also his neighbor, was “killed 300 feet from my house…She was shot on her way home . She was a woman full of life.

Hours later, his SUV was towed away by police, who did not say whether a suspect had been identified or an arrest had been made.

Dwumfour was elected to the board in 2021 and has worked as a part-time business analyst and EMT.

“I am stunned by the news that Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was murdered last night in an act of gun violence,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement released Thursday morning. “Her career in public service was just beginning, and by all accounts she had already established a reputation as a committed member of the borough council who carried out her responsibilities with the utmost diligence and seriousness. I extend my condolences to Councilor Dwumfour’s family and friends, her colleagues on the Board of Directors and the entire community of Sayreville. Sayreville is a proud, tight-knit and safe community and I know she will come together, as it always has, for a common purpose. The New Jersey State Police supports the ongoing investigation and I urge anyone with information to contact the Sayreville Police Department or the District Attorney’s Office. Middlesex County.

New Jersey Republican State Committee Bob Hugin called Dwumfour’s killing “senseless violence”.

“We will remember Eunice for her unwavering dedication to community, as well as her deep and enduring Christian faith,” Hugin said. “We have the utmost confidence that law enforcement will bring the perpetrators of this heartbreaking tragedy to justice. God bless Councilor Dwumfour and her family.”

The investigation is active and ongoing and anyone with information or area surveillance footage is asked to call Sayreville Police Department Detective Rebecca Morales at 732-727-4444 or Detective Michelle Coppola from the Middlesex County Attorney’s Office at 732-745-3477.

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