Three Injured After Gunmen Shoot Up East Orange Neighborhood
Three victims suffered injuries after shooters fired multiple rounds in a neighborhood in East Orange overnight.
According to a preliminary investigation, a ShotSpotter activation alerted police of multiple rounds of gunfire in the vicinity of 149 Shepard Avenue shortly before 12:30 a.m.
When police arrived at the scene, they found a male victim suffering a gunshot wound in his arm at that location, according to reports.
While police taped off the area and began to count shell casings, officials at University Hospital alerted NPD of two walk-in shooting victims around 12:35 a.m.
Officials preliminarily reported that the victims arrived in separate vehicles.
Although Newark experienced about a half dozen shots-fired incidents around the city, Newark officials determined that the walk-in victims were shot at the Shepard Street East Orange location.
Residents said a dark-colored vehicle -possibly a Range Rover" pulled up in the area and began to fire shots in the direction of the victims repeatedly.
According to residents, the area has experienced elevated levels of drug transaction and distribution that has gone unanswered.
The shooting marks the second shots fired incident in East Orange, in less than a week.
The motive for the incident remains under investigation. City officials have not responded to requests for public information on the violence.