James Queally/The Star-Ledger
Jan 21, 2014 12:48 PM
NEWARK — Two people were killed and three others were injured when gunfire erupted in Newark’s West Ward on Tuesday morning, prosecutors said.
The shooting took place at 408 Springfield Ave., near the intersection of Fairmount Avenue, sometime after 11:30 a.m., according to Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Carter could not identify the deceased or describe the condition of the victims. She did not say what led to the shooting or if police had arrested any suspects in connection with the attack.
An employee at a nearby gas station, who asked not to be identified for fear of reprisals, said he heard eight gunshots around 11:30 a.m., then a pause, then five more bursts of gunfire. At least two people were taken away from the area on stretchers, the man said, and police have cordoned off the entire intersection.
Another passerby, who also asked not to be identified, said he heard as many as 15 gunshots when he was walking past the intersection this morning.
Several people who identified themselves as victims of the deceased could be seen gathering and sobbing in the parking lot of a nearby Home Depot, but they declined to speak when approached by a reporter.