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Wave Of Violence Hits Northern NJ

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Generic Handgun File Photo (credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – It was a violent weekend in a northern New Jersey county.

A fatal shooting in Newark Sunday capped nine reported carjackings, nine shootings and three attempted carjackings in Essex County.

The deadly shooting occurred on Lindsley Avenue. The victim has not been identified.

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office chief of detectives Anthony Ambrose told The Star-Ledger of Newark most of the violence was concentrated in Newark. There were seven shootings and seven carjackings in the city since Friday.

A Newark police sergeant opened fire and wounded an armed suspect on Friday night.

New Jersey’s largest city laid off 167 police officers earlier this month due to a city budget shortfall.

Ambrose says all but one of the incidents were nonfatal.

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