Newark NJ police officers and Essex County Prosecutor’s Office detectives are trying to find the person who allegedly used a handgun to commit a homicide. The same suspect also allegedly shot someone else on a city street.
The shooting went down around 11:40 p.m. on the 100 block of Broad Street in Newark’s North Ward.
One shooting victim was a 25-year-old Newark man. Despite the best efforts of doctors at University Hospital, he died as a result of his gunshot-related injuries.
The other shooting victim is a 19-year-old man who is also from Newark, New Jersey. He was treated at the Newark hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
Authorities have not yet been able to determine the identity of the suspect responsible for the two shootings. Investigators have also not yet determined the motive for the shooting incidents.
If Newark NJ police can identify and apprehend the suspect, it is likely that criminal charges for first degree murder and illegal handgun possession would follow.
A conviction on the most serious charges of murder would lead to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is classified as a first degree felony and carries a potential punishment of life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 30 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “1 Dead, 1 Wounded after Shooting in Newark.”