Newark man convicted in Fourth of July shooting of 5-year-old girl: police

NEWARK, N.J. — A man charged in the shooting of a 5-year-old girl who was struck and injured by a stray bullet as she walked home with her father from a Fourth of July fireworks show has been convicted on a weapons charge.

Jamar Battle now faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced June 21. (Credit: Newark Police)

Jamar Battle now faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced June 21. Federal prosecutors say the 31-year-old Newark man was convicted Friday on being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Prosecutors say Battle had argued with his girlfriend and was waiting for her outside of her home. After she arrived near the residence, Battle fired six shots at the car she had been riding in as it pulled away.

The shots missed the car but hit the child in the leg. The girl was seriously injured but has since recovered.

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