Plainfield shooting under investigation

A Friday afternoon shooting in Plainfield that left one person dead and two others injured, including a young child, remains under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Saturday.

The deceased shooting victim has been identified as Anthony Bowles, 24, of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units were called to the 300 block of Evona Avenue in Plainfield’s West End at approximately 2:15 p.m. Friday to find the shooting victims in the immediate vicinity. Bowles was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead, while a 33-year-old female who was struck by gunfire received medical treatment at the scene.

The injured child, a 6-year-old girl, was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment of gunshot wounds to the leg. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.  

The shooting remains under active joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force, the Plainfield Police Division, the Union County Police Department’s Ballistics Unit, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information about this matter is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Joe Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.

The Union County Crime Stoppers also are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at