NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two people are dead following a police-involved shooting in Newark, authorities said.
It happened on North 7th Street near Bloomfield Avenue at around 6:30 a.m. Friday.
No officers were injured in the shooting.
One person is in custody, authorities said.
Richard Gregory, who has lived in the neighborhood for six years, said he couldn’t believe it when he heard the gunfire and sirens.
“We heard around about 12 shots being fired continuously — pow, pow, pow — going on and on,” he told 1010 WINS’ Samantha Liebman. “We knew something was wrong cause it’s such a good community here.”
Another resident said he was home when he heard the shots.
“It sounded like fireworks…at least 20 pops,” the man said. “And then I heard the police.”
Resident Andrea Felton said the neighborhood is usually quiet.
“Stuff like that don’t happen around here,” resident Andrea Felton said. “This is the first time I’m seeing a real tragedy happen around here.”
The shooting is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
A portion of North 8th Street is also closed off as part of the investigation.
Six officers involved in the shooting were being evaluated at a hospital, said president of the Newark Fraternal Order of Police, according to a report.
Stewart said the officers were attempting to arrest three people suspected of being involved in multiple robberies around the city when the shooting occurred. The suspects “were not interested in surrendering,” he said, and officers “responded to the threat and Newark is a safer place today because of them.”
Nearby Abington Avenue School for students pre-K through eighth grade remained opened Friday, CBS2’s Raegan Medgie reported.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-862-520-3700.
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