Second GOP New Jersey councilmember fatally shot in one week

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A Republican New Jersey council member has been shot dead, exactly one week following the fatal shooting of GOP Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour.

51-year-old Milford Councilman Russell Heller was found dead on Wednesday just after 7 am in the Somerset parking lot of the local energy company PSE&G where Heller worked, according to the New York Post.

Police identified 58-year-old former employee Gary Curtis as the suspect, and discovered him dead in his car from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say he shot himself around three and a half hours after he allegedly shot Heller.

The fatal shooting of Heller comes exactly one week after Sayreville Councilwoman Dwumfour was fatally shot in her SUV outside her home. Heller was found dead around 15 miles from where Dwumfour’s body was discovered.

Authorities have not connected the shootings, with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office saying that the shooting of Heller was an “isolated incident” and he was the “intended target.”

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