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Neighbors identify murder victim

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 20 2013 10:27:33 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 10:38:24 AM CDT

Melissa Williams remembered by neighborhood

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ -

The search is on for the man police say shot and killed a 22 year old woman inside her Phillipsburg home just before 11 o'clock Wednesday night.

Investigators haven't released the victim's name but neighbors say the victim is Melissa Williams, a single mother of two.

Arrest warrants are out for the Phillipsburg man they think is responsible.

26-year-old Salim Newton is described as 6-foot-2-inches tall and weighing 180 pounds.

Police say Salim lives just blocks away from where the shooting occurred on Spruce Alley.

One neighbor who did not want to be identified says she may have seen the people responsible and says Newton was not alone.

"I was playing basketball with two of my friends, and I heard gunshots” she said.

"We came around the corner of her carport and we noticed two guys they were standing in the middle of the alley way, they were looking towards us. And then the neighbor of where the incident happened actually stepped outside, was on the phone and they took off down the alley way."

WFMZ was unable to confirm if investigators are even looking for a second person.

Officials say Newton may be driving an older, full-sized, white SUV with New Jersey plates.

Anyone with information is asked to call Phillipsburg Police at 908-454-1121.