Two teens shot, one fatally in Orange, New Jersey

April 23, 2010 4:40:40 PM PDT
Authorities in Essex County, New Jersey say a 16-year-old girl was found fatally shot Thursday night in Orange. Police say they responded to a call in the area of Valley and Argyle Streets of shots fired and found two teenage girls shot.

The victims have been identified as 16-year-old Swamaiya White who was pronounced dead on the scene and 18-year-old Myron Fulton. Fulton was shot in the thigh and was treated and released from the hospital.

"All me and my roommate heard were the shots...there was like 5 or 6 of them," said one witness"

It is the third time there has been gunfire on that block and because of it Edward Mulligan said he's moving out. "You can see the for sale sign," said Mulligan. "I've had it, I'm done, I'm leaving," he adds.

Friends of Swamaiya gathered on the block where she was killed to remember their friend.

They say she was a sophomore in high school who lived her life with a smile.

She had no parents, but was living with her foster family several blocks away from the crime scene.

"She was bright, she was joyful, she always kept a smile on her face. She had many friends around the neighborhood," said the victim's cousin, Doreen Austin. "She probably got mixed up in the wrong crowd," she added.

Priscilla Barrett works with a community group that tries to keep teens off the street at night...

"The problem right now is a lot of things in school are being cut and the kids have nowhere to go," said Barrett.

Mayor of the City of Orange Township, Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., released a statement saying:

"Due to the recent loss of life in the City of Orange Township, we have stepped up security in and around our streets and parks in an attempt to make residents feel safer.

All inquires in this case must be filtered through the Essex County Prosecutor's office due to the ongoing investigation, However, our police department stands ready to assist in the investigation and apprehension of the criminal responsible for this heinous crime.

Stopping crime and apprehending criminals who assault the quality of life for Orange Citizens continues to be my number one priority. My prayers go out to the victims family during this most difficult time."

The investigation continues into the shootings.