Police were continuing their search Friday for a gunman who opened fire on a Newark street Thursday evening, shooting nine people, and are trying to determine whether the victims were the intended targets or random.
The gunfire broke out shortly after 6 p.m. outside a bodega on the 200 block of Clinton Place, and when police arrived they found multiple people hurt, Newark Acting Public Safety Director Raul Malave said.
Four adult victims were transported by EMS to University Hospital for treatment of gunshot injuries and four other adults and one 17-year-old male arrived at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for treatment of gunshot injuries, Malave said.
All the victims, ranging in ages from 17-years-old to 68-years-old, were in stable condition, officials said.
Police identified a white Honda Pilot as the suspect vehicle, which was reported stolen Thursday out of Jersey City. Officials said Friday that the car was located and recovered by police.
No additional information was released by investigators Friday and more details were expected to be announced during a press conference that has been scheduled in Newark on the Fourth of July.
Mayor Ras J. Baraka spoke about the shooting — and other gun violence in the city — during his inauguration ceremony Friday and asked for a moment of silence following his comments.
“Last night we had a rough night in the city of Newark,” Baraka said. “Ten families, their loved ones were shot, involved in serious violence. One lost their life.”
The 10th victim he referred to was related to a fatal shooting that occurred on South 19th Street — just over four hours after the multiple shooting.
A 36-year-old Newark resident, identified by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office as Davonn Norton, was shot in the area and pronounced dead at 10:45 p.m. Thursday.
That shooting also remained under investigation, and no other details were released by the office.
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