POLL: Do you Feel Safe in New Brunswick?
There have been several shootings and stabbings in different parts of the city in the last few weeks. Have these events impacted your feelings of safety?
Since September, there have been at least seven reports of shootings and stabbings in New Brunswick, two of them claiming the lives of young people.
On Sept. 27, Joshua Zhou, 19, was shot and killed in the basement of a Robinson Street house in what police say was a robbery attempt. Three men have been arrested and charged with felony murder in the case, and authorities are seeking two more.
On Sept. 21, a 21-year-old North Brunswick woman was killed outside of the Progressive Masonic Temple on Hale Street, and a 28-year-old man was wounded.
Jessica Torres left behind a two-year-old son, police say. As of Oct. 12, authorities have not announces any arrests in connection with her death.
On Sept. 22, a 20-year-old New Brunswick man was shot on Easton Avenue between Stuff Yer Face and Thomas Sweet, an area that is a popular hangout for Rutgers University students. The victim was not a Rutgers student.
At about this time last year, shootings in the city were unusually high. In November 2011, 15 gun related crimes were reported, according to an investigation done by New Brunswick Patch. Instances of violence in the city slowed down that following December into 2012.
Have the recent shootings in New Brunswick made you feel unsafe while in New Brunswick? Or is violence in the city nothing new? Tell us in the poll below.