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UPDATE: Gunfire Kills 45-Year-Old Man Near Cemetery in Newark's West Ward

By rlsmetro on

Detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are leading the investigation into a shooting that killed a man in Newark's West Ward late Saturday night. 

Police responded to reports of shots fired near the intersection of South Orange Avenue and South 18th Street just before 11:45 p.m. 

When officers arrived, they found a man suffering bullet wounds in his torso at that location.

The victim has been identified as Mr. Shahid Salaam, 45, of East Orange.

Police rushed Salaam to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. 

The unidentified gunman who fired at Salaam remains at large, and police are following several leads to track the suspect down. 

Mr. Salaam's deadly shooting was the second homicide in the last 24-hours, where five individuals were struck by gunfire in the city. 

The incident is under an active and ongoing investigation.