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Newark South Ward Shot Fired Incidents Under Investigation

By rlsmetro on

Police in Newark's South Ward are investigating at least two shots fired incidents that occurred overnight in that section of the city. 

According to police, in the first incident, at approximately 2:10 a.m., gunfire rang out in the 40's block of Hansford Street, sending police to the scene to investigate. 

Units arrived and found shell casings, but no victims were found after a search of the area. 

While police conducted a crime scene on Hansford Street, officers received reports of shots fired in the vicinity of 387 Hawthorne Avenue. 

When police arrived at the scene, they found shell casings and property damage, but no victims were located. 

Police are trying to determine if the Hawthorne Avenue shooting is connected with reports of shots fired in the same area Saturday night. 

At approximately 9:42 p.m., residents on Clinton place told RLS Media they heard about four rounds of gunfire in the area but never observed or heard police in the area. 

During the overnight hours, in the South Ward, police responded to about a half dozen reports of shots fired, but there were no crime scenes in most of the incidents and believe that the popping noises were fireworks, according to reports. 

Newark Police will handle the investigation into the Hawthorne Avenue and Hansford Street shooting.