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Police Charge Belleville Man, Teen for Shooting Child in Newark's North Ward

By rlsmetro on

Police in Newark apprehended Mr. Luis A. Aponte, 34, of Belleville and a 17-year-old juvenile from Newark connected with a shooting on Wakeman Avenue.

According to police, on June 11, at approximately 7 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shots-fired incident in the 100 block of Wakeman Avenue.

Officials said upon arrival, officers found a 13-year-old with a gunshot wound to his right leg and immediately administered aid by applying a tourniquet to the wounded area.

The victim was stable and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

According to officials, during the investigation, detectives from the Shooting Response Team were able to identify Aponte and a 17-year-old juvenile as suspects.

Additionally, intelligence gathered during the course of the investigation placed Mr. Aponte at an address in a neighboring jurisdiction.

The Fugitive Apprehension Team and Shooting Response Team were able to apprehend Mr. Aponte Wednesday morning. 

Police said the juvenile suspect was taken into custody at a different address in Newark.

Both assailants face charges of aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, conspiracy, receiving stolen property, and endangerment.

 The charges are merely allegations. Both suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.