Overnight Shooting Injures Male in East Orange Neighborhood
East Orange Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in a city neighborhood Monday night.
Reports of shots fired had residents on 4th Avenue quickly dialing 911 shortly before 9:30 p.m. placing police on the scene where they taped off the area. Officers found shell casings, an injured person, and other evidence according to preliminary reports.
Police say the suspect sped away from the scene in a dark-colored vehicle immediately after the shooting.
Residents say the entire area is known to have heavy open-air drug activity, violence, and various shots fired incidents.
East Orange residents are trying to comprehend two homicides - this month, so far- that has gripped the city's sense of security.
In the first homicide, police say on the morning of August 3rd, Mr. Kofi A. Owens, 45, an educator at the STEM Academy was inside a vehicle with his son when at least one suspect approached and fired multiple bullets at the pair.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office said Kofi Owens was pronounced dead at the scene while EMS rushed his adult-aged son to University Hospital where doctors treated non-life threatening injuries.
According to authorities, the remaining incident occurred on Thursday, August 16, at around 9 a.m., where East Orange Park Deli owner Mr. Terklok Singh was found suffering an apparent stab wound to the chest inside the store located near North Park Street and Burchard Avenue.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Singh's death as a homicide according to a statement they released.
EMS transported the overnight shooting victim to University Hospital where authorities have confirmed non-fatal injuries "at this time."
There are no arrests reported in either homicide or last nights shooting.
East Orange City officials did not return comments for public information in any of the incidents.