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Officials: Man faces charges for 2021 house party shooting in Cumberland County

Arthur Armstead was initially charged with obstruction after he fled the state hours after the shooting. Now, officials say new information has surfaced that connects him directly with murder.

Lanette Espy

Feb 5, 2024, 5:29 PM

Updated 137 days ago

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A Fairfield man is now facing several charges for a mass shooting at a house party in May 2021.
Cumberland County prosecutors say when police arrived at the house on East Commerce Street, they found three people dead and 11 injured. They say hundreds of people attended the party.
Arthur Armstead, 30, was initially charged with obstruction after he fled the state hours after the shooting. Now, officials say new information has surfaced that connects him directly with murder.
Officials say a Cumberland County grand jury returned an indictment on Wednesday charging Armstead with one count of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of first-degree murder, and other related offenses in connection with the deaths of Kevin Elliott and Brailyn Holmes and injuries sustained by three other shooting victims. An arraignment date is still pending.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information should contact the New Jersey State Police – Bridgeton Station Criminal Investigations Office at 856-451-0106 or the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 856-453-0486. Tips can also be made anonymously by visiting www.ccpo.tips.


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