NEWARK — Two people, including a 16-year-old male, have been arrested in the shooting of a 1-year-old in Newark Monday, police said.
Police had initially said that the child was 2 years old but in a press release Saturday, stated that the victim was a 1-year-old.
The infant, two other teenagers and an adult male were in a vehicle Monday in the area of 14th Avenue and South 6th Street when the child’s mother got into a dispute with the 16-year-old which Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara called “senseless.”
Detectives arrested the 16-year-old after seeing video footage of him firing at the child’s mother, Tytaneisha Wilder of East Orange, who initially pointed a handgun at the group she was arguing with.
Wilder’s handgun was found on April 12 and she was later arrested. She faces three charges of child endangerment, aggravated assault and two counts unlawful possession of a weapon. The 16-year-old faces five counts of aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a weapon.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.
“Our detectives have determined that this was a targeted incident. Unfortunately, a child has become a victim, Director O’Hara said on Monday when the shooting took place. “Thankfully, it appears she will recover from her injuries and there is no danger to the community.”