Another Republican Shot Dead 1 Week After Councilwoman Killed in Same State

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Two Republican city council members in New Jersey have been slain in the last week after one was shot to death in the community of Franklin on Wednesday.

Russell Heller, a 51-year-old GOP borough councilman in Milford, was shot to death in the parking lot of a building owned by the public utility provider PSE&G where he worked, reported.

Police said the victim was targeted by a disgruntled former employee, according to the report.

The suspect, identified as 58-year-old Gary Curtis, later took his own life while sitting in his vehicle in nearby Bridgewater, New Jersey, police said.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release Wednesday the attack occurred just after 7 a.m. ET that day and Heller was dead when first responders arrived at the scene.

“Responding Officers encountered a deceased adult male suffering from a gunshot wound,” the release said. “Emergency Medical Personnel from an area Trauma Center responded to the scene where the male was pronounced deceased.”

The release said officers were still attempting to find a potential motive in the shooting.

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