Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Sheilah Coley have announced that authorities are investigating two shooting homicides in Newark on Friday, June 6, 2014.
The first incident occurred in the 100 block of Muhammad Ali Avenue at approximately 2:40 p.m. Newark police officers were dispatched to a shooting call at the above location. Arriving officers discovered a male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was rushed to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:19 p.m. The victim has been identified as Kareem Jones, age 33 of Irvington, NJ.
The second incident occurred in the 200 block of South 8th Street at approximately 4:50 p.m. Newark officers responded to a shooting call and arriving officers discovered an unresponsive male in the street at this location. Officers subsequently located a female, who had also been shot in this incident. Both victims were transported to University Hospital, where the male victim was pronounced dead at 5:31 p.m. The female victim was treated for a non-life threatening injury. The male victim has been identified as Jermaine Gamble, age 20 of Newark.
Both matters are being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department. The investigations are ongoing at this time, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit. There is no indication, at this time, that the incidents are related, according to Fennelly. Anyone with information is asked to contact Task Force detectives at (877) 847-7432 or (973) 621-4586.