The first shooting incident occurred around 7:00 p.m. on the 800 block of Broad Street in Newark, NJ. Broad Street is located at the heart of Newark’s bustling downtown area and is just a few blocks away from Newark city hall.
The victim, a male who resides in Newark NJ, sustained a gunshot wound while walking along Broad Street. He was soon transported to nearby University Hospital, where doctors treated him for his gunshot-related injuries. The victim was later listed in stable condition.
An investigation by detectives with the Newark Police Department determined that the shooting was “an isolated incident” and that no one else in Newark was in danger – at least with respect to the shooter.
A few hours after the first shooting, around 3:00 a.m. the following morning, a second shooting incident occurred on the 100 block of Avon Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. This time, two people sustained gunshot wounds while walking in the area.
The victims, a male and a female who are both from Newark NJ, were taken to University Hospital and treated for their gunshot injuries. They were later released from the hospital.
Law enforcement is actively investigating both shootings. At this time, detectives with the Newark Cease Fire Shooting Response Team have yet to identify suspects or motives for either of the shootings.
If police can eventually figure out the identity of a suspect in either shooting incident, the culprit would probably face criminal charges for aggravated assault, as well as weapons offenses. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), aggravated assault with a deadly weapon such as a handgun can be classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree aggravated assault charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Anyone who has information about either shooting should reach out to investigators by calling the Newark Police Department’s Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For additional information about these shooting incidents, check out the NJ.com article, “2 Shootings Leave 3 Wounded in Newark.”