Can Baraka Stop the Violence?

Friday, 05 December 2014 16:48 Local Talk News Editor

 

Over a span of 10 days, New Jersey's largest city has once again been struck by tragic violence.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police Director Eugene Venable have announced that authorities are investigating the incidents, with several occurring over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Five people were shot the evening of Nov. 29, leaving two dead. At 9 p.m., Newark Police responded to the 700 block of South 20th Street where they found Zaire Williams, 23 of Irvington had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At about 11:30 p.m. Newark Police responded to the 300 block of South Orange Avenue corner of South 9th Street on reports of shots fired. As they arrived the found Lisa Parker, 36 of Orange had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. There were three additional victims also shot at the same location. The surviving victims were transported to University Hospital and are listed in stable condition.

At about 11:30 p.m. Newark Police responded to the 300 block of South Orange Avenue corner of South 9th Street on reports of shots fired. As they arrived the found Lisa Parker, 36 of Orange had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene. There were three additional victims also shot at the same location. The surviving victims were transported to University Hospital and are listed in stable condition.

There are no suspects or motive at this juncture of the investigation. Detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Task Force including Newark personnel are conducting the investigations. It has not be established at this point if the shooting/homicides are related.

On Nov. 30, at around 7 p.m., three people were shot near 655 South 20th Street. Jamil Harris, 25 of Newark, was pronounced dead shortly after at University Hospital. Two other victims are listed in stable condition.

The investigation is in its very early stages, and it is unclear if the weekend homicides were related, according to Anthony Ambrose, Chief of Detectives. There is no motive or suspects at this time.

A little more than 24 hours later, at approximately 7:37 p.m., officers responded to a call on Belmont Terrace in Newark. When they arrived they found Ali Sabir, 38 of Newark, suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Sabir was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:08 p.m.

These incidents follow two unrelated fatal shootings that occurred the night of Nov. 24. At around 8:30 p.m., Newark Police arrived in the vicinity of Avon Avenue and Stratford Place and found an unresponsive male on the sidewalk, apparently suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released because his next of kin had not been notified.

At approximately 8:52 p.m., officers received another call regarding a shooting in the vicinity of 193-197 Chancellor Avenue. When they arrived on the scene the victim was no longer at that location, but was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 p.m. He has been identified as Tawan Edwards, 24 of Newark.

At a Dec. 1 press conference, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Police Director Venable announced that there would be more officers on the streets, with extended shifts up to 12 hours.

A day after the press conference, around 11:28 p.m., officers responded to a call in the vicinity of 1st Street and 6th Avenue.

When they arrived they found Elijah Adams, 25, of Vauxhall, in a car suffering from what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Adams was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:48 pm. At this time, no arrests have been made, and suspects have been identified.

The Essex County Sheriff's Crime Stoppers will give a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests in these cases. Anyone with information concerning these incidents they are asked to contact the Essex County/Newark Police Tips Lines. All calls will be kept confidential.

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