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Counselors On Hand At Two Newark Schools After Separate Incidents

A Student Was Gunned Down And A School Was Locked Down
A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit: CBS 2)

A Newark Police Department cruiser. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Counselors will be available at two schools in Newark a day after a student was gunned down and a school was put under lockdown.

Officials said 18-year-old Paul Hudson Jr. was walking along Aldine Street around 2 p.m. Wednesday when a car pulled up, someone got out and shot him dead as part of a targeted attack. The shooting happened about a block from Weequahic High School where he was a senior.

Soon after, three men fleeing two assailants ran into the principal’s office at the Louise Spencer school, prompting a 65-minute lockdown.

Mayor Cory Booker said school security officers asked the two men believed to be chasing the trio to leave.

Booker said officials didn’t notify parents about the lockdown because they quickly determined there was no threat to students.

“I’m grateful for the professionalism, vigilance and quick acting of Louise A. Spencer faculty and staff,” Booker wrote on Twitter.

He added that “none of the people who entered the building brandished weapons” and “school staff rightfully took extreme caution.”

The school issued a statement on its website saying, “All students, faculty and staff at the Louise A Spencer building are safe following a security alert at the school building site on Wednesday May 15th. The Newark Police Department and NPS personnel secured the scene and conducted an orderly delayed dismissal.”

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