EAST ORANGE, N.J. (CBS 2) — One woman was killed and four other people were injured during a shooting at a house party in East Orange, New Jersey.
South Orange police said just after midnight the gunshots rang out at a two-family home on South Clinton Street, just off South Orange Avenue in East Orange.
Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino confirmed that 19-year-old Jessica Moore, a student at nearby Seton Hall University, succombed to her injuries Saturday afternoon. Moore had been hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting.
Four other people were shot and treated for non-life-threatening injuries – two men and two women. Two of the other victims were students at Seton Hall, while a third was a student at NJIT. The fourth was simply identified as a resident of New York City.
A party crasher tried to get into the house party, and there was a physical confrontation before he was given the boot. Cops say he came back with a weapon, knocked on the door, and opened fire as soon as the door opened.
The home is not a fraternity house, according to the cops, but it is located less than a mile from Seton Hall University. The apartment was rented by a Seton Hall student and a recent Seton Hall graduate, and students from the school were in attendance.
CBS 2HD’s Derricke Dennis talked with the lady who lives upstairs. She said they asked her for permission to have the party, as was their wont.
It wasn’t clear if the residents of the apartment were among those who were shot.
Police have posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest. The investigation is ongoing.