Newark reports its first murder in 38 days

April 7, 2010 7:51:17 AM PDT
A man was fatally shot in Newark Wednesday morning, the city's first murder in 38 days. Police say the body of the victim, in his 20s, was discovered near a car at Hunterdon Street and Lehigh Avenue just before 4 a.m.

Neighbors say they heard one shot and then found the body of the man.

An emergency medical crew was in the area, but could not save the victim.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests were immediately made.

The death is the first reported murder in Newark since Feb. 28. The long-troubled city celebrated March as its first murder-free month since May of 1966.