According to official police reports, Newark police received a report of a shooting near the area of 40 West Kinney Street. The gunshots were heard shortly before 2 a.m.
When police officers arrived at the scene, they found a 21-year-old man who had been hit by gunfire. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital, where he received medical treatment for his gunshot wound.
During the course of the investigation, police learned that another victim had been shot as well. Apparently, the other victim, a 30-year-old Newark resident, drove himself to Newark Beth Israel Hospital. His condition has not been updated at this time.
The Newark Police Department is actively investigating the shootings. According to police, Newark NJ detectives were able to recover several shell casings at the scene. The shell casings reportedly came from a 9-millimeter weapon and a .45-caliber weapon.
Newark police have yet to make any arrests in the case. If a suspect is eventually identified, they could be subject to significant criminal charges for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, anyone who uses a deadly weapon during an attack can potentially be charged with second degree aggravated assault and sentenced to 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Two Men Injured After Early Morning Shooting in Newark’s Central Ward.”