Newark Imam’s son was target of shooting that left 2 dead, sources say

James Queally/The Star-Ledger
Jan 22, 2014 08:23 PM
NEWARK — A Newark imam’s son was the likely target of a gunman who opened fire on five people in a vehicle parked on a city street Tuesday, killing the man and a woman and wounding three others, law enforcement sources told The Star-Ledger today.

Akbar Muhammad, the 36-year-old son of Imam Abdul Akbar Muhammad of Ali. K. Muslim mosque, and Shante Spivey, 28, of East Orange, died when the vehicle they were in was sprayed with gunfire near Springfield and Fairmount avenues at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Muhammad was in the driver’s seat and died at the scene, while Spivey succumbed a short time later at University Hospital, prosecutors said.

Muhammad was likely the target of the attack, according to two law enforcement sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. They would not comment further.

The three other victims, including a teenager and the owner of a nearby business, were listed in stable condition at University Hospital and are expected to survive.

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