Uncle, toddler nephew killed in Orange shooting; dad in hospital, report says
ORANGE — The family of a toddler fatally shot on Thursday said the boy’s uncle also died in the incident and boy’s father is hospitalized with a gunshot wound, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office did not have additional information Friday about the incident on Cleveland Street in Orange. Prosecutors only identified the victims as an adult male in his 20s and a made toddler.
"Today, we suffered tragic losses due to gun violence in our community. We lost two lives today in Orange, due to senseless violence which is all too common across our nation. My heart goes out to the families of the victims involved in this tragedy," Mayor Dwayne D. Warren said on the city's Facebook page.
Warren also used the shooting to call on residents to take their own steps to prevent violence in the city.
"We are working hard to equip residents with public safety tools such as the new Orange TipLine to allow you to help law enforcement in a safe, confidential manner. Community improvement teams have also been established to assist in keeping Orange families safe. Finally, nothing is more important than good old-fashioned block watch activities where each one can teach one to be our neighbors keeper," Warren wrote.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.