Newark authorities are investigating non-fatal shootings of two men on a city street.
According to law enforcement, the shootings occurred during the late-night hours on the 100 block of West Kinney Street in Newark, New Jersey.
The Newark Police Department received a 911 call about gunshots being heard in the area. Police officers were immediately dispatched to the scene, where they came across the two shooting victims.
The victims were briefly treated at the scene and then transported to nearby University Hospital, where they received further medical treatment for their gunshot-related wounds. Later, hospital officials indicated that the victims’ injuries were not considered life-threatening and that they were expected to make full recoveries.
Both victims are city residents and both are 23 years old. At this time, it is unclear if they know who the shooter was.
Newark NJ detectives are actively investigating the shooting incident and trying to determine the identity of the culprit. Police have yet to establish a motive for the violent incident.
If investigators can eventually identify and apprehend the shooter, it is likely that the culprit would face serious criminal charges for aggravated assault and illegal handgun possession. It is also possible that the suspect could be charged with attempted murder, depending on the circumstances of the shooting incident.
A conviction for aggravated assault could result in significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who uses a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife to commit an assault can be charged with a third degree criminal offense. A conviction on third degree aggravated assault charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Anyone who has information about the shooting is asked to call the Newark Police Department’s Crime Stoppers tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “2 Men Wounded in Newark Shooting.”