According to police, three masked men approached the vestibule of the Mickey Walker Center on Anna Street. The men were reportedly wielding guns when they began firing at the four victims. Witnesses told police that the suspects ran in an unknown direction after the shooting.
Authorities said that two of the victims are from Elizabeth NJ; the other two victims are from Newark NJ. The victims were between the ages of 21 and 30.
After the shooting, all of the victims were transported to University Hospital in Newark for medical treatment. Two of the victims remain in critical condition.
Police are actively investigating the incident. At this time, police have not issued any information about a potential motive for the shooting.
Police have not yet released detailed descriptions of the suspects. Thus far, the suspects have been described simply as men wearing black-hooded sweatshirts and dark masks.
If the suspects are eventually identified and apprehended, they could face serious criminal charges which include aggravated assault. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1b, anyone who uses a deadly weapon during the commission of an attack can be charged with second degree aggravated assault. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault is punishable by 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Union County Crime Stoppers has offered a $10,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest and indictment in the shooting. Members of the public with information about the incident can provide tips anonymously by calling 908-654-8477.
For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “$10,000 Reward Offered in Elizabeth Youth Center Shooting.”