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Two Charged in Connection with Fatal Newark Shooting


Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Fritz Fragé announced today that Mr. Joseph Dowdell, 33, of Newark, has been charged  for the murder of Mr. Tameel Grimes, 31, of Newark.

According to officials, Dowdell is being charged with murder, assault and two weapons offenses

Additionally, a second individual, Ms. Shanade McDaniel, 31, of Newark, is being charged with hindering prosecution. 

Fatal Shooting

Fatal shooting

Officials said that on Saturday, July 23, just after midnight, Newark Police discovered Grimes on the 300 block of New Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A second victim, who suffered from a gunshot wound, was found on Norfolk and Hartford streets. He survived and was treated at University Hospital. 

According to officials, the assault charge against Dowdell arises from the attack on the second victim.  

The investigation, which is being handled by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, remains active and ongoing.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. Calls will be kept confidential.