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Two people were killed and twelve others injured in a shooting at a Cumberland County house party late Saturday night.
No arrest was made in the case, police said.
The New Jersey State Police responded to a house on the 1000 block of East Commerce Street just before midnight and found a 30-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman who had died from gunshot wounds.
Twelve other adults were shot and taken to various hospitals.
One of these 12 suffered serious injuries and is currently in critical condition, police said.
The meeting was a ’90s-themed birthday party with participants of all ages, a community member told NJ Advance Media.
CNN reports that six patients have been taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden and two have already been released.
The victims were not identified.
Governor Phil Murphy issued a statement Sunday expressing condolences to the families of the victims and condemning the slaughter.
“It can’t be a mistake: this despicable and cowardly act of gun violence only strengthens our commitment to ensuring that New Jersey leads the nation in passing and enforcing strong and sensible gun safety laws,” Murphy said. “No church should ever see what happened in Fairfield last night.”
No motive for the shooting was disclosed.
The area around the house was cordoned off with police tape late on Sunday morning. The yard was littered with debris, including fallen canopies and tables.
The police continued to investigate the scene and went in and out of the house.
An investigator with a metal detector scanned the front yard while others turned their attention to a dozen or so cars parked in the driveway.
Melissa Helmbrecht, the founder of the local advocacy group Hopeloft, said her organization was working to support those affected.
“As you know, we are a small community and we have all been affected,” she told NJ Advance Media. “We’re staggering, but we’re concentrating on making resources available to the children and families affected.”
Volunteers of America will set up a mobile crisis command center Sunday afternoon to supply advisors, and Life Worth Living and an anti-gang advocacy group will visit families in the neighborhood, Helmbrecht said.
“So many people in our community have just experienced one of the most traumatic things people can experience,” she said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact New Jersey State Police Bridgeton Station at 856-451-0101 or for a tip through the Cumberland County Attorney’s website at www.njccpo.org/tips to submit.
Katie Kausch and photographer Tim Hawk contributed to this report.
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