The Major Crimes Unit of the Newark Police Department is investigating several shootings and a minivan fire occurring Monday night throughout the city. Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle similar to the one that had been torched at several of the incidents Monday.
The spate of violence began when two men, aged 19 and 30 were shot at 195 First St. around 6:30 pm. Both were taken to University Hospital where they were listed in stable condition.
A third man, a 40-year-old Ocean Gate resident, was shot in the arm less than 90 minutes later at 437 Central Ave.. The man, who has an extensive criminal history that includes nearly two dozen arrests for drugs, kidnapping, weapons and assault, was found at 150 Cabinet St. by EMS workers. Police have not yet determined a motive but are conducting an extensive review of the victim’s criminal history.
Around the same time, a 37-year-old city man was shot in the torso at 380 Chancellor Ave. and was taken to University. Police later learned a second man had been shot at the same address and had been taken to Beth Israel Medical Center by a friend.
The minivan was found on fire at 124 11th Ave. shortly after 8 pm. Police have not tied the vehicle to any specific incident occurring Monday.
The investigations are ongoing and police urge anyone with information relative to these incidents or any other criminal activity to contact police at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477).