According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, a teenage female was shot and killed while she walked on South 11th Street in Newark, NJ. The fatal incident took place at night, sometime around 11 p.m.
Newark NJ authorities identified the shooting victim as a 19-year-old girl who lived in Newark and attended Weequahic High School. The victim was reportedly a senior at the high school.
Not long after the shooting, Newark police received a call and dispatched officers to the scene. Police officers searched the area for the suspect, but they were unable to locate them. Several onlookers saw Newark police officers investigating on nearby blocks.
Police officers also spoke with a number of area residents, including one man who lives four blocks away from the site of the shooting. The man told police that he heard several gunshots fired in succession.
Newark investigators have not yet identified a suspect or a motive for the fatal shooting. Some members of the victim’s family spoke with the media and said that they believe the victim was targeted in the killing.
If Newark investigators are eventually able to identify and capture a suspect, it is likely that serious criminal charges for murder would follow. Murder is the most serious crime in the New Jersey Criminal Code. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is a first degree felony that is punishable by life imprisonment. Moreover, there is a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for anyone convicted of first degree murder.
This recent tragedy was the 37th homicide in Newark in 2015. So far this year, there have been just 11 other homicides in the rest of Essex County, NJ.
For more information about this case, read NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigating Fatal Newark Shooting.”