8-year-old child, man killed in Newark shooting; alleged gunman fatally shot by police

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
8-year-old child, man killed in Newark shooting
A man and an 8-year-old child were shot and killed Wednesday in Newark and the alleged gunman was fatally shot by police, authorities said.

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- A man and an 8-year-old child were killed and another man was injured in a shooting Wednesday night in Newark and the alleged gunman was then fatally shot by police, authorities said.

According to a preliminary investigation by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, police responded to a report of a shooting at an apartment on Johnson Ave. just after 8:30 p.m.

The A.G. says police encountered a man armed with a gun who ran from the residence and officers ran after him.

Two officers fired their weapons during the encounter and the suspect was shot and killed.

At the apartment police found two men who had been shot, one of them fatally, as well as an 8-year-old boy who had been struck by gunfire.

According to sources, the boy was pulled out of his mother's arms by the gunman before he was shot.

The child was taken to University Hospital where he died.

The boy's mother jumped from a window to escape.

"Last night I had the terrible duty to sit in a room and look at a young man, eight years old, lifeless on the table," Mayor Ras Baraka said. "I"m wondering if it makes us feel like we're all responsible, like, if everybody's responsible. Not just if the police are responsible, but if all of us are responsible."

The surviving victim was also being treated at the hospital.

Baraka said it did not appear the gunman went to the apartment specifically to carry out the shooting.

"It was not a targeted incident," Baraka said. "The victims and the perpretrator know each other."

Three weapons were found at the scene and Baraka said that ballistic evidence suggested the weapons had been used in other previous crimes.

Baraka said that drugs "and other paraphernalia" were also found.

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