Two deadly shootings in Newark despite 24-hour rally for peace

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEWARK, N.J. – Two people were killed in separate shootings Friday night in Newark as a day-long rally was being held the city’s downtown area.

The first shooting happened on Shuyler Avenue at about 10:45 p.m Friday. When officers arrived, they found a 19-year-old man identified as Kevin Baker suffering from a gunshot wound, according the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office chief assistant prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly.

Baker was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly before midnight Saturday, Newark officers responded reports of a shooting. They discovered a man, 24, and a woman, 27, with gunshot wounds, Fennelly said.

The male victim, identified as Robert Harrison Jr., was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, who was not named due to security reasons, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.

These shootings do not appear to be related, Fennelly said.

The 5th annual “24 Hours of Peace” rally led by mayor Ras Barack began late Friday in downtown Newark. The event is a celebration of the city’s ongoing commitment to peace as a way of life, according to its Facebook page.

The shootings mark the second straight year that the anti-violence event has been marred by deadly shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Prosecutor’s Tips Line at 877-847-7432.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.