UPDATE: Man Shot Dead in Newark’s West Ward

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office has taken over the investigation into a shooting that left a male dead in the city's West Ward this afternoon.

According to a statement released by officials, it happened before 3:30 p.m. near the Newark firehouse in the 300 block of South 9th Street where gunfire struck the victim multiple times.

The mortally wounded unidentified male was pronounced dead a short time later according to officials at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation is active, ongoing and no arrests have been made.