Eunice Dwumfour, 30, was found dead in her white Nissan SUV after it crashed near her home in New Jersey.
Dwumfour, a Republican, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene by police, the Daily Mail reports.
One witness said that the gunman shot at Dwumfour and drove off quickly from the Camelot at La Mer apartment complex. A call to police was made at 7:22 pm.
The councilwoman and young mother is believed to be the intended target, though a motive was not given by police.
No arrests have been made in the case. The Sayreville Police and officials from Middlesex County are investigating the matter.
According to the Daily Mail, close friends posted about Dwumfour's death, describing her as an "amazing friend" who "loved God."
Detective Juan Rodriguez and Pastor Doctor Nelia Rodriguez posted online saying: "I just saw her this morning at the store."
"I remember saying to her I'll see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow not knowing tonight was going to be the end of her life.
"I can't stop crying. She was 30 years young and full of life. You will be missed my dear, precious friend," one post wrote.
The young mother defeated the sitting Democrat in Sayreville in November 2021, and was not up for reelection until 2024.
In a statement, Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said "the community is shocked and saddened at the loss of Eunice Dwumfour, who was a dedicated member of our Borough Council who was truly committed to serve all of our residents."
"The fact that she was taken from us by a despicable criminal act makes this incident all the more horrifying."
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