‘We cannot normalize’ this violence, Murphy says after two mass shootings in NJ

Gov. Murphy: ‘We cannot put our heads in the sand and just say this is the price we pay in a free society’

One man has been arrested and charged with four gun crimes in connection with a mass shooting at a house party Saturday night in Fairfield Township, Cumberland County. Fourteen people were shot; two have died. The victims were a 25-year-old woman and 30 year-old man.

As authorities investigate a motive, state leaders are calling the deadly shooting a microcosm of the scale of gun violence being seen across the country.

“We are at the point where this kind of horrific scene is almost part of our daily lives,” Gov. Phil Murphy said, but he added, “We cannot normalize what we saw. We cannot put our heads in the sand and just say this is the price we pay in a free society. I will never accept that. We can never accept that.”

In a second mass attack at the weekend, two people were killed and four were injured in front of Abraham Lincoln High School in Jersey City Friday night.

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