ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police officers scrambled to process multiple murder scenes overnight after three people were killed within the span of 90 minutes in separate shootings in Union County.

The first shooting happened on Sixth Street at South Park Street in Elizabeth around 10 p.m. Thursday. Authorities said a young man was shot and killed on the street.

About an hour later, another man in the city was killed on Clark Place in a drive-by shooting, police said. Investigators are searching for the gunman who was last scene in a white Buick sedan.

Then nearby in Linden, police said a third man was gunned down on Price Street around 11:30 p.m. The young man shot multiple times in the chest and witnesses said his cell phone was taken.

“Now it’s getting a little scary around here,” one Linden resident told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “I don’t know what the circumstances were, if it was a random attack or deliberate. I guess we’ll find out.”

Community activists believe gang violence is the problem and say law enforcement doesn’t have a handle on it.

“We are tired of being tired. We are tired of young men, mostly African-Americans, being shot down for senseless reasons,”  Salaam Ismial, director of the National United Youth Council, told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.

“This is horrific, this kind of violence is unacceptable,” Ismial told 1010 WINS.

So far, no arrests have been made.

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