MONTCLAIR, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A young woman was gunned down before the shooter killed himself in a Montclair park Thursday night, police said.
Shanae Q. Howard, 24, of Orange and Brandon Brown, 26, of Montclair were found in Canterbury Park near a bench around 10 p.m., Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief David P. Sabagh announced.
Howard was shot several times before Brown, apparently her boyfriend, killed himself. Howard sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head, while Brown was shot once, police said.
Howard’s grieving relatives collapsed at the scene, desperate to know what happened, CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown reported.
“I just talked to her mother, she said she had been in school and had graduated,” the victim’s cousin Kurt Halloway said. “A nice young lady. I have no idea what happened or why it happened. It’s just sad. How do you deal with things like this?”
“I’m shocked that’s all I can say,” a family friend said. “I’m shocked and I feel very sorry.”
Police did not release much information, but said they believe it to be a “isolated incident.”
Investigators recovered a gun at the scene, but when asked if it was a murder-suicide, detectives would not confirm. They said they don’t believe there is any active threat to the public, Brown reported.
Howard’s grieving relatives eventually gathered at Howard’s home in nearby East Orange.
“Yeah, this is where everybody was coming here … last night, was here,” said grandfather Hershey Edwards.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, pending the outcome of a ballistics report and autopsy.
Canterbury Park is in the south end of Montclair where it borders Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Orange.
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