UPDATE 7:50: There is a total of (9) nine victims.
Police in Newark are on the scene of a mass casualty incident with about five victims shot in Newark's South Ward.
At approximately 6:25 p.m., an armed suspect sprayed the area of 291 Clinton Place at Shepard Avenue.
When police arrived at the scene, they found three victims struck by bullets inside a store at that location.
One of the victims suffered severe injuries and is reportedly in critical condition at this time.
While detectives worked the scene, officials at Beth Israel Hospital notified police of two walk-in gunshot victims.
Their conditions have been reported as stable. At approximately 7:50 p.m., four additional gunshot victims were identified.
The gunman fled the scene and remained at large. Police have a crime scene established and an investigation underway.