Multiple Police Agencies Respond to Reports of Shots Fired Near Essex County Park

Police from several agencies responded to reports of a shooting that occurred near an Essex County Park that during the overnight hours.

According to preliminary reports, residents in the area of Vailsburg Terrace said they saw a dark-colored SUV that was occupied by two black males speed away from the scene of shots fired that erupted near Vailsburg Park shortly before 9 p.m.

A ShotSpotter activation alerted police of at least three rounds that fired off near the park where officers from Newark, Irvington and The Essex County Sheriff's Office canvassed the area for victims and possible suspects.

There were no injuries immediately reported.

Residents in the area said it is a 'fairly common thing' to experience the sound of gunfire in the vicinity of the park on any given evening.

The incident remains under investigation.

Vailsburg Terrace, Newark, NJ, 07111