Residents Question Two 'Unusual' Crime Scenes in East Orange

Two heavily involved police crime scenes established on Monday in East Orange had dozens of residents questioning their purpose.

Hours after a violent East Orange shooting that took the life of 23-year-old Orange resident Ms. Breanna Williams on Chelsea Place, the city has had two other unexplained crime scenes that had local and county authorities active and engaged in investigations.

Shortly 4:30 p.m. residents returning from work on Rutledge Avenue, between 22nd Street and Ampere Parkway, were met with a crime scene that had detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, medics from the State Regional Medical Examiners Office, and East Orange Police near a grave yard for more than an hour looking into an apparent incident.

Residents who remained in the homes said they didn't hear anything, but did happen to come outside and saw the entire street blocked off with East Orange Police requesting that they go back inside for the investigation.

While East Orange city officials did not return requests for general information, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office could only confirm 1 (one) homicide investigation that occurred in the city on Monday and that was Ms. Breanna Williams who was found shot dead inside a car on Chelsea Place according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office. Click HERE for original story.

In a late night incident, multiple loud blasts of, what appeared to be, gunfire erupted in the area of Grove Street between Springdale Avenue and Rutledge Avenue before 10:45 p.m. sent a large police response to the scene where residents observed officers canvassing the area for evidence and injured individuals.

City officials would not confirm if gunfire connected on any victims at this time.

Both incidents remain under investigation.

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