Police arrest suspect in Newburgh Halloween party shooting deaths

The Newburgh Police Department said Monday that 17-year-old Nija Johnson is wanted on a murder charge. (Photo: Newburgh PD)

The Newburgh Police Department said Monday that 17-year-old Nija Johnson is wanted on a murder charge. (Photo: Newburgh PD)

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Newburgh Police say they’ve arrested a suspect in connection with a Halloween party shooting that left two women dead and five other people wounded.

Police said Friday that 17-year-old Nija Johnson was taken into custody outside New York state but won’t likely be returned to the state for several days. Johnson is wanted on a murder charge in connection with a shooting just before 1 a.m. Sunday in an apartment building in the city 50 miles north of New York City.

Eighteen-year-old Omani Free and 20-year-old Tabitha Cruz were killed. The wounded people are expected to recover.

Police said details of Johnson’s arrest will be released on Monday. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer to comment on his behalf.