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

Posted at 1:04 PM, Aug 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-20 13:27:05-04

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.