A New Jersey county councilwoman was fatally shot in a car Wednesday night, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Eunice Dwumfour, a Sayreville city council member, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office said.

The shooting occurred before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Samuel Circle area of ​​Sayreville, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office and police.

Officers responded to the scene and located a female in her vehicle «who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds,» according to the statement.

Dwumfour, 30, died at the scene.

Sayreville Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick said in a Press release Thursday: «As a community, we are shocked and saddened by the loss of Eunice Dwumfour.»

“Eunice was a dedicated member of our City Council who was truly committed to serving all of our residents. The fact that she was taken from us by a despicable criminal act makes this incident even more horrible,” she wrote.

He said he is confident that the police department and the prosecutor’s office will lead to «a speedy and successful conclusion» and «the successful identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.»

Eunice K. Dwumfour.Sayrville Township

Mahesh Chitnis, a neighbor, shared a tribute to Dwumfour on Facebook, saying they both served in Sayreville Human Relations Commission.

He said Dwumfour was shot while returning to his home, with the shooting taking place about 300 feet from his own residence.

“I am shocked, scared and heartbroken,” the post read. “She was a woman full of life. When she missed the HRC meeting, she used to ask me to put her on speakerphone so she could participate. I was really looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at our monthly meeting. We’ll miss you…»

Juan Rodríguez and Nelia Rodríguez, both members of the Human Relations Commission, also shared a tribute on Facebook.

“She was an incredible friend, a woman who loved God. We were at our HRC meeting on January 5, 2023 and I saw her this morning in the store. I remember telling her to see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow not knowing that tonight would be the end of her life,” the post read. «I can not stop crying. She was 30 years old, she was young and full of life. We will miss you, my dear and precious friend.»

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was «stunned» by the «murder of Dwumfour last night in an act of gun violence.»

“Her career in public service was just beginning, and by all accounts she had already built a reputation as a committed City Council member who took her responsibility with the utmost diligence and seriousness,” he said. “I send my condolences to the councilor. Dwumfour’s family and friends, his colleagues on the governing body and the entire Sayreville community.»

A homicide investigation is ongoing. Murphy said the New Jersey State Police was supporting the investigation.

According to the council websiteDwumfour served one term from 2022 to 2024. She had a background in information technology and previously worked as a church director for Champions Royal Assembly, according to her LinkedIn page.