1 dead, 2 injured in latest round of Newark violence

 By James Queally/The Star-Ledger 


The death of a man whose body was found near a park in Newark's South Ward this morning has been ruled a homicide.
—Star-Ledger file photo

NEWARK — A pair of shootings left one man dead and two others injured on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, prosecutors said.

A 22-year-old man was apparently shot early Wednesday morning on Seymour Avenue near Mildred Helms Park, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said. Police discovered the victim after receiving a call about an injured person, according to Murray, who said the man died around 7:20 a.m.

It was not immediately clear when he was shot, and Murray did not discuss a motive in the slaying. His identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.

The killing marks the city's 93rd homicide of the year, and the seventh in the past nine days. The attack also comes on the heels of a Tuesday night shooting that occurred less than a mile away, on Huntington Terrace.

In that incident, a 20-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman sustained non-life threatening injuries after gunfire broke out at around 7:20 p.m., said Detective Eugenio Gonzalez, a city police spokesman.

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