Second NJ Republican Councilperson Shot Dead In One Week


A Republican councilman was shot to death Wednesday, one week after another councilman was killed. reported that Russell D. Heller, a fifty-one year-old worker in PSE&G, was allegedly murdered by a Somerset ex-employee on Thursday.

The case is still under investigation by authorities, who stated that the shooting did not involve Heller’s elected office nor any political affiliations.

Zachary T. Rich was the Director of Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners. He stated that Heller will be greatly missed and added that he “was loving and caring dad to his daughter and a loyal and dedicated friend to all of us who had the privilege of knowing him.”

According to law enforcement, Heller was at work when Gary T. Curtis (58), fatally shot him in the parking garage.

An aerial video capture shows the authorities covering a vehicle with a tarp at the scene.

After the officers located Heller, emergency personnel arrived and declared him dead. Curtis was eventually found by detectives in Bridgewater Township. He had allegedly been suffering from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

The suspect was found with a gun in his hand and was later declared dead on the spot.

“The investigation is ongoing to determine the motive. According to, a preliminary investigation revealed that the shooting was isolated and Heller was the intended victim.

Eunice Dwumfour, a 30-year-old Sayreville Republican councilwoman, was shot and killed in her car shortly before it crashed outside her house on February 1. The investigation is ongoing.

News 12 the Bronx reported Tuesday that surveillance video might have captured the suspect in Dwumfour’s fatal shooting.

According to the outlet, the video was captured at 7 p.m., right around the time Dwumfour was shot.

The report stated that although the video was not clear, it matches witness accounts that the gunman ran through grass between two buildings before making his escape via a wooded path bordering the complex.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, however, has not provided any details about a suspect or information regarding a motive.

After bizarre events in which New Jersey politicians were killed or targeted for murder, her unsolved death is still not solved.

Breitbart News reported that in 2020 the husband and son of federal judge Esther Salas, aged 20, were both shot at their New Jersey home.

The victim of the fatal shooting was later discovered dead from a self-inflicted gunshot injury.

A criminal case that involved what appeared to have been a formal murder for hire scheme targeting political figures also gripped the state last year.