Man charged with attempted murder in shooting of 2 people in car on Routes 1&9

A man was charged with shooting two men in a car Sunday morning on Routes 1 & 9 in Union County, authorities said.

Andrew C. Johnson, 50, of Cranford, faces two counts of first-degree attempted murder and four weapons charges, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Linden Police Chief David Hart.

Linden police were called about 9:40 a.m. Sunday to a report of shots fired in the northbound lanes near Avenue C.

Inside a vehicle stopped on the highway were two men – age 50 and 64 – both with gunshot wounds, according to police. The victims, both Elizabeth residents, were taken to University Hospital in Newark, Ruotolo and Hart said.

Minutes later, officers found Johnson inside his car in Elizabeth and arrested him. A .40-caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle, the prosecutor said.

Johnson was taken to the Union County Jail pending a court hearing later this week.

“There is no way to understand this kind of senseless violence,” Chief Hart said. “Our prayers are with the victims, and we are grateful to the members of the public and responding officers whose swift actions led to the arrest of this suspect within minutes of the incident.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Linden Police Department Detective Juan Velarde at 908-474-8552, Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brandon Lorenz at 908-337-3230, or Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Danika Ramos at 908-451-7739.

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