Plainfield shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured

A shooting that left one person dead and a second seriously injured in Plainfield yesterday is under investigation, acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Plainfield Police Director Lisa Burgess jointly announced Monday.  

The deceased victim has been identified as Michael Price Jr., 29, of Dunellen.

Members of the Plainfield Police Department responding to the area of West Eighth Street and Grant Avenue in Plainfield Sunday afternoon found Price and a second man, a 30-year-old resident of Piscataway, at that location, both having been struck by gunfire, according to the preliminary investigation. Price was transported to JFK University Medical Center in Edison, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6 p.m., while the second victim was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he remained early Monday in critical but stable condition.

The investigation into the shooting is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Plainfield Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873 or Detective Charles Clement at 908-577-6489. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at