Newark mayor questions police handing of shooting case

January 13, 2010 3:24:39 PM PST
Newark Mayor Corey Booker is keeping close tabs on the investigations into how two police officers could have missed 55 year old Karen Cunningham, either wounded or dead in her car. "All the circumstances to me are incredibly tragic right now," Booker said.

A security camera near the scene at 16th Avenue and 13th Street captured much of Monday night's crime. Police are still reviewing the tape, which sources say shows Cunningham as she's hit in the crossfire.

Cunningham entered Manny's Liquor Store just before 9:00. She made her purchases and then walked out to her car, parked on the same side of the street. Gunfire rings out, and Cunningham is hit in the shoulder, but she managed to get into her car, where she died.

Several officers and detectives searched for shell casings around the woman's car, but never saw her.

Many questions for internal affairs -- When did officers even review the tape to see a victim in the crossfire? Did officers process the scene according to procedure? Cunningham's body was discovered a whopping 12 hours later by school kids, which brought police and the police director to the scene Tuesday morning.

"I've been getting a lot of information on video that we have and some of the circumstances, so this is a time the city should be mourning another senseless loss like this," Booker said.

Police have not confirmed the names of the officers now on desk duty. Investigators are still waiting for the medical examiners final report on exactly how she died.

Authorities have neither identified a suspect nor motive in the incident. Anyone with information about this incident or any other criminal activity or wanted persons to call the Department's 24-hour CrimeStoppers anonymous tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867).