2-year-old girl shot in ‘targeted incident’ in Newark’s Central Ward

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NEWARK, NJ — A 2-year-old girl was shot in Newark on Monday afternoon, Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara said, in one of two shootings in the city just hours apart.

Officers rushed to 14th Avenue and South 6th Street in the city’s Central Ward around 2 p.m. after a ShotSpotter notification of gunfire, officials said. The injured girl was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

“Our detectives have determined that this was a targeted incident. Unfortunately, a child has become a victim, Director O’Hara said. “Thankfully, it appears she will recover from her injuries and there is no danger to the community.”

Officials have not yet released information on the shooter or any other identifying information on the victim.

Police have asked for the public’s help “with identifying any suspects to bring those responsible to justice.”

Later Monday, officials responded to another shooting in Newark, this time on the 100 block of Prince Street at about 4:20 p.m.

One male victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not connected the two shootings.

Anyone with information regarding any criminal activities can call the Department’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477).  All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.

Anonymous tips can also be made using the Police Division’s website at: www.newarkpd.org or through a Smartphone App available at iTunes and Google Play. Search Newark Police Division to download the App.

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