Monday, October 10, 2011

Six People Shot in Newark

At least six people have been wounded in a midday shooting in a courtyard outside of an apartment building at Stone and Crane streets in Newark's North Ward.

Newark police, along with officers from the Essex County Sheriff's Department, were swarming the scene, which was cordoned off with police tape.

Though it was not immediately clear who had done the shooting, it appeared that six people between the ages of 17 and 27 were injured and had been taken to University Hospital.

According to initial reports, it appeared the gunfire erupted around 1:20 p.m.

Residents in the area said they heard between 16 to 20 gunshots. One woman, who declined to give her name, said she heard what she thought were firecrackers as she awoke from a nap. She said, "Then I realized it was the OK Corral."

Helicopters circled overhead as police continued their investigation.

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