According to law enforcement, a group of rookie officers with the Newark Police Department were on patrol near 18th Avenue when someone flagged them down. The passerby told the Newark police officers that a person had been shot on the 70 block of Sunset Avenue.
The police officers went to the area of the shooting and found the victim lying on the pavement and suffering from a gunshot wound to his ankle.
The 20-year-old victim was rushed to nearby University Hospital, where doctors treated him for his injuries. He was later listed in stable condition.
The victim spoke with police and told them that he was shot by multiple suspects who drove by in a gray car. The suspects’ vehicle may have been a Nissan Sentra.
After the shooting, the suspects drove off and fled the scene.
The Newark Police Department Cease Fire Shooting Response Team is actively investigating the shooting. At this time, the investigation is in its early stages, so authorities have yet to identify any shooting suspects.
If police can eventually determine the identities of the people responsible for the shooting, it is likely that serious criminal charges for aggravated assault would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who commits an assault while using a deadly weapon such as a handgun or a knife can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “20-Year-Old Man Wounded in Newark Shooting.”