Plainfield homicide under investigation

A homicide that took place in Plainfield Wednesday evening is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Willie Lee Major of Plainfield.

Plainfield Police Division patrol units responding to a report of gunshots being fired rushed to the 400 block of West 4th Street shortly after 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and found Major, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

It appears at this time that Major was not the intended target of the shooting.

This matter remains under active joint investigation by the Union County Homicide Task Force, the Plainfield Police Division, the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit. Anyone with information about Major’s death is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Johnny Ho at 908-403-8271 or Detective Danika Ramos at 908-451-7739.

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