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8 people injured in 4 shootings in less than 4 hours in Newark, mayor and police outrage

NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) – Eight people were injured in four shootings in less than four hours in Newark on Tuesday night, and lawmakers are speaking out against the outbreak of violence.

Police say they have made five arrests within the past 24 hours related to recent gun violence.

“We are shocked and disgusted by this senseless level of violence, and it will not be tolerated,” Mayor Ras Baraka and Director of Public Safety Brian O’Hara said in a joint statement. “While we continue to work hard around the clock with our law enforcement partners, as evidenced by the number of illegal firearms recovered and seized in the last 24 hours, we need the entire system The justice system helps because many of these people involved have been released into the community despite pending criminal cases and prior firearm crimes.”

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They went on to say that in each case, patrol officers assisted the victims of the shooting until EMS arrived.

“This level of gun violence is completely unacceptable and we urge all concerned community members who are also justifiably offended to provide any information that may be assist us in identifying the suspects who perpetrated the callous violence on our streets,” the statement read.

It all started at 6:45 p.m. near Lincoln and Court Streets, where two men were shot. One of them is still in critical condition.

Then, shortly before 8:10 p.m., two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17, were shot while traveling in a stolen vehicle near Quitman and Montgomery streets. Both teenagers are listed in critical condition.

Just half an hour later, at 8:40 p.m., police found a man who had been shot near Maybaum and Tremont Avenues.

While police were with the victim at the hospital, the second shooting victim, a 15-year-old boy, arrived. Both are in stable condition.

At 10:10 p.m., police found another man injured near 17th Avenue and Hunterdon Street.

He was taken to University Hospital, while a second man arrived by personal means. Both men are in stable condition.

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Detectives are also investigating an incident in the 100th block of Telford Street where an arrest was made following a shooting.

Each incident is still under investigation.

“We firmly believe that these incidents stem from the proliferation of illegal firearms in the hands of violent criminals who have no regard for life or property,” Baraka said in a statement. and O’Hara wrote. “Even though New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in our nation, people who absolutely shouldn’t have guns will illegally own them.”

So far, police have recovered nearly 700 illegal weapons, up 32% from last year.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 1-877-NWK-TIPS.

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