Suspects being sought in Plainfield shooting that left 1 dead, 3 injured

Several suspects are being sought in connection with a Saturday night shooting that left one man dead and three others injured in Plainfield, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Sunday.

The victim who was fatally shot has been identified as 20-year-old Dearn Marcano of Plainfield.

It was shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday when multiple 911 calls and an automatically generated alert from Plainfield’s ShotSpotter gunshot detection system indicated that shots had been fired in the area of West Third Street and Manson Place. Responding officers found Marcano at that location and located the other three victims a short distance away, on the 1100 block of West Third Street.

Marcano was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m., and the other three shooting victims, all Plainfield residents, were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for treatment. A joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division revealed that the shooting took place in the area of West Third Street and Monroe Avenue, where a group of men dressed in dark clothing reportedly exited a vehicle just before more than a dozen shots were fired. Several parked vehicles were struck by the gunfire, and they have been removed from the scene to be processed for potential evidence.

The investigation remains active, and anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Kevin Grimmer at 908-447-3777 or Detective Barry Kaplan at 908-418-2817.

A reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in connection with the shooting is also being offered by Union County Crime Stoppers. Tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” and a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at