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Arrests Made in Somerset Street Shooting

A 22-year-old New Brunswick man was shot in a Somerset Street house on Tuesday night.

Authorities have arrested two suspects in connection with a Tuesday night shooting on Somerset Street that is believed to be a robbery turned violent.

Just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a Somerset Street house to find a 22-year-old victim with a gunshot wound.

Lewis Hooper, 28, of Highland Park has been arrested and charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.

He was arrested six blocks from the crime scene after police arrived on scene and allegedly saw him fleeing the scene, according to the release.

Chinikka Lockhart, 25, hometown unknown, was arrested near the scene of the robbery and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, the release said.

The unidentified victim remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the release said.

Lockhart was jailed on $150,000 bail. Bail for Hooper has not yet been set, according to the release.

Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Kenneth Abode of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200, or Investigator Jose Rodriguez of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4505.

Rick January 17, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Once convicted of illegal use of a gun he should get life in prison.This person does not have a permit to to own a firearm which means it doesn't matter how many gun laws we have.Criminals could care less about words on paper.
Trixie Gee January 17, 2013 at 08:47 PM
About time they got this bum off the streets. It was just a matter of time and the right police dept. to catch him. Guess what, your BABY"S DADDY WON"T BE HOME TONIGHT. CRY ME A RIVER YOU ...Tell it like it is.

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