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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Murphy statement on Cumberland mass shootings

By David Wildstein, May 23 2021 11:44 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy issued the following statement following a mass shooting in Cumberland County on Saturday evening that resulted in two deaths and twelve injuries.

“Since late last night, the New Jersey State Police and county and local law enforcement in Cumberland County have been investigating the horrific mass shooting at a large house party in Fairfield Township that attracted hundreds of party-goers. 

“At this time, at least two people have lost their lives, among numerous other shooting victims, including several with injuries that are life-threatening. We hold those who have died, and their families, in our prayers today, and we also pray for the recoveries of those injured. We are grateful for the swift response of law enforcement and stand with them as they continue their investigation.
“Let there be no mistake: This despicable and cowardly act of gun violence only steels our commitment to ensuring New Jersey leads the nation in passing and enforcing strong and commonsense gun safety laws. No community should ever experience what occurred last night in Fairfield.
“We urge anyone with information to step forward, so those responsible can be brought to justice. This remains an active investigation with many moving parts. More information will be released as it is available and confirmed.”

Murphy, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Colonel Patrick Callahan, and Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae will hold a press conference with updates of the on-going investigation on Monday morning.

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