Two Newark men killed in separate, apparently targeted shootings, authorities say

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
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on September 22, 2013

NEWARK — Two Newark men were shot and killed this weekend in separate attacks, authorities said tonight.

Najee Montague, 21, was shot around 7:30 p.m. Saturday while standing near the intersection of South Orange Avenue and Salem Street, according to a statement from acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.

The area, along a main thoroughfare, is spotted with shops and businesses. Montague was pronounced dead at the scene not long after the shooting, the statement said.

Then, around 10 a.m. today, Eric Harris, 25, was shot on the 200-block of 18th Avenue, not far from Central High School and Nat Turner Park, authorities said. He was also pronounced dead the scene.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said detectives from the Newark Police Department and the prosecutor’s homicide unit continued to investigate the shooting this evening.

“At this point in both investigations, it appears that the victims may have been targeted and there is no indication that the matters are related,” the statement said.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the killings to call the prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force at (877) 847-7432 or (973) 621-4586.

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