According to law enforcement, the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. The Newark Police Department was contacted by the medical staff at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. The hospital workers said that they had treated a man suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.
Police officers went to the hospital and talked to the 21-year-old victim, who is from Newark, NJ. The victim reportedly told officers that he was shot as he walked near the intersection of Clinton Street and Jeliff Avenue in Newark NJ.
Newark detectives are actively investigating the shooting. At this time, investigators believe that the shooting was not random; the victim was likely targeted.
If Newark NJ police are eventually able to identify a suspect in the shooting, that person would likely be subject to criminal charges for aggravated assault or possibly attempted murder. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who uses a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife to commit an assault can be charged with a third degree crime. A conviction for third degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
Newark police have asked for the public’s assistance with the investigation. Anyone who has information about the violent incident should reach out to investigators by calling 877-NWK-TIPS or 877-NWK-GUNS.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Newark Man Shot Twice Early Sunday, Police Say.”