Newark Police Investigate Three Thursday Shootings
NEWARK — Newark police are searching for information on a spate of shootings that erupted Thursday night.
Just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to North Munn Avenue after receiving a call that several people had been shot. Just before 8:30 p.m. police responded to a reported shooting on Frelinghuysen Avenue. Then just before 9 p.m. police were called out to a third shooting on Leslie Street.
In all, four people were wounded and treated at Beth Israel and East Orange General Hospitals, according to information released by Police Sgt. Ronald Glover. An Irvington man died in another shooting in Newark Thursday afternoon.
Police were told that the Frelinghuysen Avenue shooter fled in a Dodge Ram. The truck was recovered on Avon Avenue after the suspect, 22-year-old James Weaver tried briefly to elude officers.
They recovered a .40 caliber Glock handgun and a 9mm Hi-point handgun, Glover said. Weaver was charged with aggravated assault, eluding, receiving a stolen automobile and several weapon possession charges.
Police Director Samuel DeMaio congratulated his officers on the arrest.
“I commend the officers for excellent police work in coordinating with field units to apprehend an armed violent suspect and recover two handguns," he said.
Police also arrested two men allegedly involved in the fatal shooting of an Irvington man Thursday afternoon.
But shooters in the other two incidents remain at large.
Detectives from the city's major crimes unit are still in early stages of their investigations. They urged anyone with information pertaining to the shootings to call the department’s 24 hour “Crime Stoppers” anonymous tip line at 877- NWK-TIPS (877-695-8477) or 877-NWK-GUNS (877-695-4867).
Courtesy of NJ.COM