Police Investigate Over 30 Shots Fired Incidents Since Friday in Newark
Two early morning shots fired incidents that occurred in Newark's West and Central wards have skyrocketed the grim total of shootings in Newark to about 31, with just over a dozen victims, and one confirmed fatality since Friday.
In the latest shootings, according to police, just after midnight, Newark West Ward Police officers rushed to reports of shots fired that rang out in the vicinity of Ellery Avenue and Varsity Road.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found several shell casings in the street, but after searching the neighborhood, no victims were found.
Police say at approximately 12:17 a.m., police responded to gunfire that erupted in the vicinity Springfield and Morris Avenues to investigate reports of shots fired.
Upon arrival, police said armed suspects blasted multiple rounds of bullets in the neighborhood before fleeing the scene on foot. Officers searched the area for victims, but there were no injuries reported.
The lawless example of gun violence that has gripped just about every ward in The City of Newark had heavily armed men pulling up in the neighborhood and exploding round after round of bullets that struck about 13 residents and killed a woman at the Bradley Court Housing Complex in the West Ward this week.
Just Wednesday, residents in Newark braced themselves in homes as shooters ruled streets -with their criminal element- by continuously firing shots that struck multiple people.
The following is a rundown of late Tuesday into Wednesday's shots fired incidents:
10:30 p.m. Gunmen arrive in the 70's block of Hedden Terrace and fired shots at unknown targets before fleeing the scene. A car struck by bullets. No injuries immediately reported.
1:28 a.m. Shooters fire multiple rounds near the McDonalds located in the area of Ross Street and Mitchell Avenue. Male struck in the arm by bullets. No arrests reported.
12:51 p.m. Police find nearly a dozen shell casings after gunmen fire bullets from the sunroof of a vehicle at Georgia King Village Housing Develpment. Residents seek cover under beds and on the floors of homes. No injuries reported.
2:29 p.m. Shooting victims self-transported to St. Michael's Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital. Both males said they were ambushed by armed suspects in the area of Summit and James Street in Newark's Central Ward. Non-fatal injuries reported by police.
4:31 p.m. Outside employment, police officers radioed into headquarters after having to take cover from a vehicle with armed males inside firing rounds in the area of South 13th Street and 15th Avenue. Several shell casings recovered but no injuries.
4:59 p.m. South Ward officers were dispatched to West Bigelow and Badger Avenue after shooters fired rounds near the intersection that struck and injured a male victim. Police say shots fired incident that occurred several minutes prior near 14 Milford is possibly connected. There were a total of about 15 shell casings found between the two locations.
5:12 p.m. Residents in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue ran for cover after armed males repeatedly fired shots near 144 Chadwick Avenue that had flying bullets strike a house. Several shell casings found, but no injuries reported.
5:43 p.m. Gunfire rang out in the vicinity of 189 Pamona Avenue, where police found shell casings and began to search for a suspect who reportedly ran inside a house near Maple and Weequahic avenues. No injuries reported.
10:28 p.m. Gunmen cleared the 1100 block of South Orange Avenue after firing shots near Dover Street. Multiple shell casings were recovered. The suspects fled the scene in a white Toyota Highlander stolen at a location in Newark. No injuries reported.
12:07 a.m. Gunfire erupts in the area of Ellery Avenue and Varsity Road with multiple shell casings recovered. No injuries.
12:16 a.m. Gunmen fire rounds near the intersection of Springfield and Morris avenues then run from the scene. Several shell casings recovered.
The following is a preliminary rundown of shots-fired incidents from July 26-July 28th.
Newark Police officials have not confirmed if any of the shootings are connected at this time.
There were no arrests reported in any of the shootings.