🔴 An armed man who approached Newark police officers was fatally shot

🔴 A boy and a man were found dead inside a Newark home in

🔴 Police fatally shot an armed man running away from the home

This report has been updated with information from the Attorney General's office.

NEWARK — Three people are dead including a child following a shooting Wednesday night inside a home, according to the state Attorney General's office.

Newark police were called to the home on Johnson Avenue in Newark around 8:35 p.m. and found a man dead from a gunshot wound and an 8-year-old boy who had been stuck. The boy was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead around 9:15 p.m.

A man with a firearm was spotted by police running from the home and fired at by two police officers, according to the Attorney General's office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Video showed a semi-automatic rifle lying in the street near the shooting and marked as evidence. Mayor Ras Baraka at a media briefing Thursday afternoon said three weapons were found in the home. “Drugs and other pararphenelia” were also found.

A fourth person who was shot transported themselves to Beth Israel Hospital, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The identities of all involved with the shooting including the officers were not disclosed.  Baraka  said everyone involved in the shooting knew each other.


Police response to a shooting on Watson Avenue in Newark 5/3/23
Police response to a shooting on Watson Avenue in Newark 5/3/23 (RLS Metro Breaking News)

Mayor calls shooting 'tragic'

Baraka in an earlier  statement called the shooting "tragic."

"This is the reason why we have to come together to deal with issues of mental health, drug abuse, anger, conflict, and all kinds of other issues that we see in our communities in general," the mayor said in his statement. "This is why we have to continue our commitment to the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery and the ecosystem we built to remove the conditions of violence before they result in this kind of trauma."

The state Attorney General's Office will lead the investigation into the shooting by officers as any death involving an on-duty police officer must be investigated by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability. Stephens will investigate the shooting inside the home.

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at dan.alexander@townsquaremedia.com

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