DEVELOPING NEWARK NJ: Man Shot Inside Vehicle in Newark

Police are on the scene of shots fired and a man down in Newark's South Ward at this time.

There is a crime scene established in the 100 block of Hawthorne Avenue that expands to Badger and Jeliff Avenues after police responded to reports of shots fired.

Officers found a man shot inside of a vehicle at that location.

The victim reportedly suffered a gunshot injury to the face and is being transported to University Hospital suffering life-threatening injuries.

Officers located one other vehicle struck by gunfire according to reports.

A dark colored SUV was observed speeding away from the scene.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation.

UPDATE 9:42 p.m. This is a confirmed homicide investigation being conducted by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Hawthorne Avenue, Newark, NJ