Woman and children held at gunpoint in Somerset County hotel room
FRANKLIN (Somerset) – A man has been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after he allegedly held a woman at gunpoint in front of her two children in a hotel room and then shot her while she was trying to escape, the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office said.
Eder Gelin, 39, of Douglasville, Georgia, is in custody pending a detention hearing.
Franklin Township police were called to a hotel on World’s Fair Drive around 1:25 a.m. Sunday to a report of a shooting. At the scene, officers located a 37-year-old woman with gunshot wounds to her hip and foot.
The victim told officers that Gelin, who is known to the victim, shot him and was still at the scene. He was apprehended without incident.
According to an initial investigation, Gelin had consumed alcohol earlier in the evening and became threatening towards the victim. Gelin then brandished a handgun and held the victim at gunpoint in the presence of his two children for more than an hour, authorities said.
According to the victim, she was able to escape from the accused, who chased her and shot her, causing injuries.
Authorities were able to locate a handgun at the scene. The victim should survive his injuries.
Gelin was charged with attempted first degree murder; first degree abduction; second degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; illegal possession of a second degree weapon; and second degree endangering the welfare of a child.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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