East Orange Tremont Lounge Temporarily Closes; Jurisdictional Questions Arise Amid Shooting that Injured Corrections Officer
An early morning shooting that sent a retired Hudson County Corrections Officer and a woman to the hospital has authorities from East Orange and Newark attempting to determine what city will handle the investigation.
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According to Newark Public Safety Spokesman Captain Derek Glenn, two individuals were shot shortly after 2:00 a.m., today while outside of the Tremont Lounge located at the intersection of Tremont Avenue and Halsted Street.
The two victims, -a male, and a female- were both transported to University Hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
Command rank officers from the Newark Police Division and the East Orange Police Department were both present at the scene where the commanders determined that jurisdictionally, the East Orange Police would investigate the shooting.
"Our goal is to reduce crime and when it happens to make every effort to remove the suspects from the streets quickly and to bring them to justice.
"We don't have time to dispute about jurisdictional issues and the impact they may have on crime statistics. Detectives from the Newark Police Division’s Shooting Response Team are determining the facts to ensure that the victims are provided a complete and meaningful investigation by the responsible agency."
The Newark Police Division’s Alcohol Beverage Control Unit is temporarily closing the Tremont Lounge in response to the recent violence in the immediate area of the establishment.