The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has taken over the investigation into a shooting that killed a man on the Newark-Irvington Border Thursday night.
According to a preliminary investigation, authoritities responded to reports of a severely injured male in the area of 18th Avenue and 21st Street shortly before 10:30 p.m.
Several Irvington Township Police officers arrived at the scene and found the unidentified man suffering bullet wounds at that location.
Police offcials said the injured was pronounced dead a short time later.
Before Irvington Police found the victim, residents dialed 911 after gunfire rang out in the heavily drug trafficked area of Newark's West Ward on 18th Avenue.
It is being investigated and believed that the victim was shot in Newark but ran the short distance into Irvington Township, where he collapsed and died.
Police say since the victim died in Irvington, the township will be credited for the homicide. Officials say this is the fourth murder in Irvington in 2020.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.