Shootings leave two dead in Newark, cop injured in crash en route to scene


An Essex County Prosecutor's Office vehicle flipped over en route to the scene of a Newark homicide Monday night, Nov. 18, leaving one officer and three civilians injured. The collision occurred at the corner of Broad Street and West Kinney Street in Newark. (Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger)

NEWARK — A spate of shootings in the state’s largest city left two people dead, at least two others injured and a Newark detective and two others hurt tonight after the officer was involved in a car crash en route to one of the homicide scenes, authorities said.

The shootings marked Newark’s fifth and sixth homicides in the past seven days, and brought the city’s yearly homicide total to 92.

The violence began around 6 p.m., when an unidentified 20-year-old man was shot and killed on Broome Street, according to Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Roughly 90 minutes later, a second person was gunned down on North 6th Street between Sussex Avenue and Dickerson Street, Ambrose said.

Prosecutors did not immediately identify the victims, and Ambrose declined to comment on a motive in the slayings.

Robert Liles, a 26-year-old Newark resident who said he was a friend of the shooting victim on North 6th Street, identified the victim as a 21-year-old man named Tyreke. He declined to give Tyreke's last name. Liles said Tyreke was not a member of a gang.

“It’s sad to say I’m used to this. Everything just keeps happening week after week," said Liles, who has lost two other friends to gun violence in recent weeks. "It’s murders here and there every other day in Newark, but when you actually know these people, and one day you see them and the next day you don’t … It’s just so sad man.”

Between 6 and 8 p.m., at least two other gunshot victims walked into Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark. Ambrose said. It was not clear where the two were shot.

A Newark detective and two other people were injured in a car crash at the intersection of Broad and West Kinney streets shortly after 6 p.m., Ambrose said. The detective, who was driving a county vehicle and serves on a prosecutor’s office task force, was driving to the scene of the Broome Street homicide when he collided with another car, according to Ambrose.

The police vehicle flipped over, and was lying upside down on West Kinney Street with its windows shattered around 7 p.m. The detective, who was not identified, was listed in stable condition at University Hospital in Newark last night, Ambrose said. Two occupants of the other vehicle also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle was allegedly driving with a suspended license, but Ambrose said charges had not been filed last night. It was not immediately clear how the crash occurred.

Newark was on pace to see its first annual decrease in homicides since 2007, but a surge of 10 homicides in 10 days at the end of the summer kicked off a gradual rise in killings during the past three months.

Newark had 96 homicides last year, according to uniform crime reports maintained by the New Jersey State Police. But the recent surge has the city on pace to not only eclipse that number, but possibly face its highest homicide total since Newark suffered 107 homicides in 2006.

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commented 2013-11-20 17:52:54 -0800
The murders in the city has to stop! We live in a beautiful community. daily our officers fight to provide a safe environment for not only us, but our kids. Let’s start trying to assist in making a better Newark.