The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has taken over the investigation into a shooting that left a woman dead Wednesday night.
According to police, shooters arrived in the vicinity of 121 South 8th Street and began to repeatedly fire in the direction of a woman around 8:30 p.m.
Officers arrived at the scene and found a severely injured woman lying on the ground bleeding after bullets struck her multiple times.
Police say EMS rushed the woman to University Hospital, where doctors took her into surgery but pronounced her dead after unsuccessful attempts to keep her alive.
Units at the scene found about a dozen shell casings after residents in the area said they hid behind doors and under beds to prevent being struck by gunfire while shooters repeatedly blasted away in the neighborhood that's had unanswered escalations of drug and criminal activity.
"The open-air drug market in this area is the worse it had ever been with no end in sight," a resident told RS Media.
The suspects fled the scene and remain at-large. The motive for the shooting has not been determined.