New Brunswick is one of those New Jersey cities that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but it should. New Brunswick is the home of Rutgers University, Johnson and Johnson and The New Jersey State Theater. The city has its fair share of crime, thanks to the mass migration to the suburbs in the 1960s. The people who lived and worked downtown closed their retail stores and left their inner-city homes for the peace and quiet of small towns outside of the city limits. This mass exodus was the start of what some New Brunswick residents call “a wave of crime,” and that wave continues to scare the people who now live in the new downtown area of the city. The old stores are not there anymore. New office and apartment buildings sit in their place. One of those apartment complexes, The Quincy Apartments, seems to be a hotbed for crime even though urban renewal gave the city new life.
The Quincy Apartment shootings are examples of how the old gang violence of the 1970s and 1980s is still around. In October 2015, Quincy Circle was back in the news when a gunman shot a few rounds for no apparent reason. One person felt the burning pain of a gunshot wound during that incident. The victim survived the shooting.
The violence that surrounds the Quincy Apartments is an ongoing issue, according to the New Brunswick police department. New Brunswick’s Police Chief said shootings are all too common in that apartment complex, and it has to stop. The chief was referring to the shooting of a pizza delivery man two years earlier. The delivery man, and Parish Wood, a 21-year-old black man, now live with the choices and the pain of that day. Wood was the shooter, and the delivery man was a victim, even though residents told him no one called for a pizza. New Brunswick police say calling for a pizza is just a ploy to rob pizza delivery people, and this incident fits that description. Mr. Wood was not the only person responsible for the crime, but he is the only person the police put in jail for the robbery and shooting.
The pizza delivery guy didn’t make a mistake by doing his job and getting a pizza to Quincy Circle on time, but the incident was a wake call for the pizza shop. The peaceful residents of the apartments are on the lookout for suspicious behavior. But in an area where suspicious behavior is the flavor of the day, it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys, according to the Police Chief.