Gun violence continues to plague Newark

Craig D. Frazier | 10/2/2014, 2:29 p.m.

Special to the AmNews

Earlier this year, the New Jersey State Police and local authorities announced an anti-violence partnership, including increased patrols in response to the escalating violence in Newark and neighboring cities. However, the collaboration between Paterson Mayor Joey Torres, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has yet to yield any results, as the number of murders at the end of August surpassed the numbers for the same period last year. This past weekend, a man was killed and two people were wounded when shots rang out in Newark.

Police officers responded to shots fired on North 9th Street in the city’s Roseville section and found the victims Friday evening. Police officials say all three victims were rushed to University Hospital. Andrew Peppers, 28, of Newark was pronounced dead at the hospital. A motive for the shooting has not been determined. No arrests have been made. Tuesday, police found a 36-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including a wound to his head. According to police, the man, whose name has not been released, was shot repeatedly after an argument that ended in gunfire in the city’s North Ward.

Sgt. Ronald Glover, a spokesman for the Newark police, said officers were called to the area of Broadway and Van Wagenen Street at approximately 12:45 a.m. Glover said the shooting stemmed from an argument. The unidentified suspect opened fire and ran. The suspect has yet to be identified and remains at large, according to Glover. An investigation by the Newark Police Department’s Major Crimes Section is ongoing.