Hunt on for teen in fatal double shooting

One dead, one injured in shooting
June 27, 2008 8:44:52 PM PDT
Police have named the female suspect wanted for a double shooting in Newark that killed an 18-year-old girl celebrating her high school graduation.Sujeidi Ocasio and another teen were shot at a graduation party outside 196 Lincoln Avenue just after 12:15 a.m.

Ocasio was rushed to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities say the single bullet, allegedly fired by 18-year-old Nicole Guyette, went through Ocasio's neck and struck 15-year-old Jasmine Perez. Perez was treated and released from University Hospital in Newark, officials say.

"She got shot for no reason," Perez said. "So the bullet went through her and hit me."

Jasmine was struck in the collarbone by the bullet. It all started when, in the midst of the party, an argument broke out between the two teenagers.

"I was trying to tell them to stop arguing, but the girl just shot her out of nowhere," Perez said. "They was just [arguing] over nothing. Name calling, over nothing. She got shot for no reason."

Family and friends are now grieving them loss of the young woman, who was the first to graduate high school and the first in her family who planning to attend college. They lit candles in her memory.

Detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide Squad have an arrest warrant out for Guyette, of Newark. She has been charge with murder, aggravated assault and two weapons offenses. Her bail has been set at $500,000 bail by Essex County Superior Court Judge Michael Petrolle.

The suspect remains at large. Guyette stands at 5-foot-2 and is about 121 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Police are asking that anyone with information on Guyette contact Detective Mario Suarez of the Essex County Prosecutor's Homicide Squad at (973) 621-4586 or Detective Donald Stabile of Newark Police Department at (973) 733-5400.

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