Teen charged with fatally shooting man in Newark

December 25, 2010 6:53:29 PM PST
A teenager was charged with murder Saturday in the shooting death of a man in Newark, hours after Mayor Cory Booker outlined police efforts to stem a recent spike in violence in New Jersey's largest city.

Darryl Logan, 46, of Newark, was shot Friday night at Osborne Terrace and Shephard Avenue, said Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. He was taken to University Hospital, where he died.

A 17-year-old from East Orange who was arrested shortly after the shooting was charged Saturday with murder and multiple weapons offenses, authorities said. He was being held at the Essex County Youth House without bail, police said.

Investigators believe Logan and the teen were arguing before the teen shot Logan once in the back, Detective Josephine Santaniello told The Star-Ledger newspaper.

Logan became the fourth person - including two high school students - to be shot to death in Newark since Thursday. Six others have been wounded during that time. Police say the shootings are unrelated.

They follow another violent weekend that saw seven carjackings and six shootings, including one that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy. Among the carjacking victims was a lieutenant in the state attorney general's office.

Many residents blame the recent violence on the city's decision on Nov. 30 to lay off 167 police officers amid budget woes.

Overall, crime in Newark is up 7 percent from last year, according to statistics posted on the police department's website. There have been 84 homicides in the city this year, four more than in all of 2009.

In response to the recent crime surge, Booker said at a news conference Friday, the city has deployed dozens of officers to patrol the streets. He said Newark would step up its partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Authorities also have formed a special task force, which is targeting robberies and carjackings. Its members include representatives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the U.S. attorney's office and the FBI.