Plainfield man charged with murder

A Plainfield resident has been arrested and charged with being responsible for a fatal shooting that occurred on New Year’s Day, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Tuesday.

Gregory Croom, 20, is charged with first-degree murder and two second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the January 1, 2015 death of 20-year-old Fatin Hunt of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units rushed to the 200 block of Richmond Street on a report of shots being fired on the night of the incident to find Hunt suffering from gunshot wounds, and he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case. A joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force and the Plainfield Police Division, assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit, subsequently identified Croom as a suspect in the case, Reyes said.

Croom was arrested without incident in Plainfield Monday afternoon and lodged in Union County Jail, with bail set at $800,000 by state Superior Court Judge Robert J. Mega.

Convictions on first-degree murder charges are commonly punishable by 30 years to life in state prison.

These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.