Two teenagers were fatally shot and another was injured last night in Newark, NJ. Authorities say that a 13-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy died in a hail of gunfire on Schley Street, near the border with Irvington, around 10 p.m.
The girl and boy, who have not been identified, were pronounced dead at the hospital while the third victim remains in critical condition. A relative told the Post, "They weren’t the intended targets. It was an accident."
A resident told WCBS 2 that he saw the shooter: "I saw the gun under his arm, you know, under his jacket. I heard when the shots fired. I was getting ready to close the gate and they walked to the corner right there. It was three of them and I heard when one of them said ‘let’s go back, let’s go back.’" The female victim's father was seen on the street; a witness told the Daily News, "I saw the dad come screaming out of his house. Her father was going crazy."
Earlier on Christmas, at 12:45 a.m., another fatal shooting occurred outside a go-go bar in Irvington. Apparently a bouncer was trying to prevent an armed man from entering. The bouncer, the bar's manager and a third victim were killed.
For the week ending December 8th, Newark recorded 96 murders for 2013, a 17% increase over 2012 (PDF).