NJ councilwoman fatally shot in SUV outside her home, police search for killer

Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour
Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour. Photo credit Borough of Sayreville

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) -- A councilwoman from New Jersey was shot and killed outside her home on Wednesday evening, according to a law enforcement source.

Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour was found dead outside her home on Samuel Circle at Camelot at La Mer, a housing development near the Garden State Parkway.

Dwumfour, 30, had been shot multiple times inside her Nissan SUV, the source said.

A call of shots fired came in after 7 p.m. The councilwoman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at Camelot at La Mer after 7 p.m
Police responded to a report of shots fired at Camelot at La Mer after 7 p.m. Photo credit Sean Adams

Authorities believe it was a targeted killing but haven't released a potential motive. Detectives worked through the night investigating.

No arrests had been reported Thursday as the search for her killer continued.

Dwumfour was elected as a Republican to the council in 2021.

She served on Sayreville’s human relations commission. She also worked as a business analyst and was a part-time EMT.

Gov. Phil Murphy released a statement Thursday, saying New Jersey State Police are supporting the ongoing investigation by Sayreville Police and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

“I am stunned by the news of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour’s murder last evening in an act of gun violence,” Murphy said.

“Her career of public service was just beginning, and by all accounts she had already built a reputation as a committed member of the Borough Council who took her responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness,” the governor continued. “I send my condolences to Councilwoman Dwumfour’s family and friends, her governing body colleagues, and the entire Sayreville community. Sayreville is a proud, tight-knit, and safe community and I know that it will come together, as it always has, in common purpose.”

Featured Image Photo Credit: Borough of Sayreville/Sean Adams