According to Newark authorities, the shooting occurred around 3:30 a.m. The Newark Police Department received a call from medical staff at University Hospital, which is located in Newark, New Jersey. The hospital employees told police that they had provided medical treatment to a man suffering from gunshot wounds.
Police officers were then dispatched to the hospital in order to investigate. When officers got to the medical facility, they spoke with the 21-year-old victim. He told police that he was shot while walking along Clinton Street, near Jeliff Avenue, in Newark, NJ.
Newark NJ police later set up a crime scene at the location of the shooting.
Although police do not yet know what the motive was for the shooting, they are operating under the assumption that the victim was targeted by the shooter.
If police can eventually identify a suspect in the shooting, it is likely that the culprit would face serious criminal charges for aggravated assault or even attempted murder. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), a person who uses a deadly weapon such as a handgun or knife to commit an assault can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree aggravated assault charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Thankfully, the shooting victim did not sustain life-threatening injuries as a result of the shooting. He is expected to make a full recovery.
Meanwhile, anyone who has information about the shooting should contact investigators by calling 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For additional information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Newark Man Shot Twice Early Sunday, Police Say.”