A 23-year-old Indian student has been arrested and charged with allegedly murdering his grandparents and uncle in a New Jersey condo, police and US media reports said.
Om Brahmbhatt is accused of shooting Dilipkumar Brahmbhatt, 72, Bindu Brahmbhatt, 72, and Yashkumar Brahmbhatt, 38, the South Plainfield Police Department and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Officers responded to the home on Coppola Drive at New Durham Road The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release that they arrived in South Plainfield around 9 a.m. Monday after a neighbor reported hearing shots fired heard about the traditional condominium complex.
Upon arrival, officers found three people – two men and a woman – suffering from gunshot wounds.
The couple, Dilipkumar and Bindu Brahmbhatt, were found shot dead in the second floor apartment, police said. Her son Yashkumar Brahmbhatt was also found to have sustained multiple bullet wounds. He was taken to hospital where he died.
A suspect was arrested at the scene for questioning and later charged. Om was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and second-degree weapons possession. Om, who hails from Gujarat, was staying with the victims and was found in the apartment when authorities arrived at the scene.
According to sources, Om had just moved to New Jersey in recent months and had been living in the apartment, NBC New York reported.
He was taken to the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center where a detention hearing was held; It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney and a listed number for him could not be found.
According to the complaint, the crime was committed with a handgun that Om said he purchased online. Om displayed a seemingly calm demeanor during Tuesday’s court appearance. Police say he was the one who called 911 that morning, and when asked who did it, officers said Om said, “It could be me.”
It was not clear what led to the shooting. A neighbor told NBC New York that it wasn’t the first time police had been called to the apartment.
“I didn’t really know them, I just know that one time the police were there for a domestic violence call,” said neighbor Jim Short, who lives upstairs in the unit where the three people were found dead. “It could happen anywhere, but it’s really scary, it’s right downstairs.” The Traditions apartment complex, home to many young families from India, is equipped with dozens of surveillance cameras that neighbors hoped could help police.
“There are cameras everywhere, and there are cameras going in and out of the complex, and every building has cameras outside and inside the wind tunnel. Hopefully this can help,” said another neighbor, Victor Orozco.
An investigation led by the South Plainfield Police Department is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call city police or the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
An investigation by South Plainfield Detective Thomas Rutter and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Javier Morillo determined there was no danger to the public and it was not a random act of violence, the prosecutor’s office said.
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