Police seek Salim Newton, wanted in murder of Phillipsburg woman, Melissa Williams

Warrants have been issued for Salim R Newton, 26, of Phillipsburg. (9/20/13)

PHILLIPSBURG - Phillipsburg police are searching for a man wanted in the murder of a 22-year-old woman shot and killed in a house on Spruce Alley Wednesday night.

Police responded to the shooting just before 11 p.m. and found the woman dead at the scene.

A warrant has been issued for Salim R Newton, 26, of Phillipsburg. Newton has been charged with homicide and several weapons charges. Bail is set at $1 million.

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Police say Newton may be traveling in an older white full-size SUV. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Phillipsburg police at (908) 454-1121.

Police believe the woman, identified by neighbors as Melissa Williams, was targeted.

Phillipsburg Police Chief James Faulborn says a weapon was uncovered in the area, but it is unclear if the weapon is related to the homicide.

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