UPDATE: Two Charged in East Orange Fatal Shooting

NEWARK – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and East Orange Police Director Domingos Saldida announced today that two men have been charged with the murder of Mr. Shawn Watford, 31, of East Orange who was fatally shot Monday, April 13 in East Orange in the area of North Arlington Avenue and Williams Street.

The shooting occurred at approximately 1:22 pm. Watford was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 1:49 p.m.

Police say Mr. Clarence Johnson, 34, has been charged along with Mr. Anthony Hagan, 31. Both have been charged with murder, conspiracy, and weapons offenses.

Johnson remains at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Hagan was taken into custody and is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432. Calls will be kept confidential.