Newark New Jersey police are investigating a carjacking that turned violent and resulted in the victim being shot three times.
According to officials, the victim was driving a BMW that she had rented out of Florida. As the woman, who lives in New York, drove on the 100 block of Riverside Avenue in Newark, the suspect approached her car.
The suspect reportedly brandished a firearm as he attempted to steal the automobile. At some point during the robbery, the suspect allegedly fired several gunshots at the victim.
As a result of the gunshots, the victim sustained injuries to her head, arm, and wrist.
The suspect fled the scene in the stolen vehicle, while the victim tried to hail down another motorist and get help.
The victim was later taken to nearby University Hospital, where she received medical treatment for her injuries.
The Newark Police Department got a call about the incident and immediately dispatched officers to the scene to investigate. During the course of the investigation, police reportedly found several shell casings of .380-caliber ammunition at the scene of the robbery.
If the suspect is eventually identified and apprehended, he would be subject to severe criminal penalties. Carjacking is a special kind of robbery or auto theft that involves the use of force or a threat to commit bodily injury. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:15-2, carjacking is classified as a first degree felony and carries a potential punishment of 10-30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Driving BMW Shot 3 Times During Newark Carjacking, Source Says.”