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Officials: 2 Dead, 3 Injured in Newark Shooting

Two people were killed and three others were wounded when someone fired several shots at a car outside a Newark restaurant.

Newark Police
Shield of Newark Police Department (Facebook)

But it’s not clear what sparked the shooting, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday on Springfield Avenue in the city’s West Ward. Authorities say it appears that at least one of the victims was targeted by the shooter, but they declined further comment.

City Police Director Samuel DeMaio told The Star-Ledger that the car’s driver, Akbar Muhammad, and a female passenger were killed in the shooting. The three other victims were all hospitalized in stable condition, but further details on their injuries were not disclosed.

Murders in Newark reached 111 in 2013, the first time the number has surpassed 100 in six years.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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