7Online: Deadly shooting outside Newark diner
Newscopter Seven was live over scene. The victims reportedly were shot outside the Andros Diner at 6 Wilson Avenue just after 3:30 a.m. They were taken to University Hospital in Newark, where one of the men was pronounced dead. The suspect fled the scene and no arrests were immediately made.
Police closed busy Wilson Avenue in the city’s Ironbound section as they investigated. Newark police said the gunfire was the year’s 97th homicide, compared to 104 for the same period last year.
4thGenerationNewarker at NewarkSpeaks answers a question I had about helicopters over the Ironbound this morning. This incident occurred just off of Ferry Street, where thousands did their holiday shopping this season, and yards from where War of the Worlds was shot in 2004.
A bouncer at a Newark social club was shot and killed outside a Ironbound diner this morning by someone he apparently had turned away at the club earlier in the night, police said.
Jose A. Rivera, 39, was working as a bouncer Christmas night at the Centro Orizano Bar at the corner of Lafayette and Bruen streets, police said, when he and another bouncer became involved in a dispute with two men they refused entry to the club, police said.
After the bar closed, the bouncers later encountered the two men at about 3:30 a.m. outside Andro’s Diner on Wilson Avenue, police said.
A verbal dispute turned physical and then one of the men who had been turned away began firing shots, fatally striking Rivera in the torso, police said.
The other bouncer, whose name has not been released, suffered what authorities described as a non-life-threatening wound to the face and was able to hold the unarmed suspect at the scene until officers arrived, according to the Newark police department.
The second bouncer was treated at UMDNJ. Authorities have detained the unarmed suspect for questioning, but police say they have not yet identified the shooter.
This was the 97th homicide of the year, compared to 104 for the same period in 2006.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance and urge anyone with information about this incident or any other crimes in Newark to call the Department’s “Crime Stoppers” anonymous tip line at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or the “Gun Stoppers” line at 877 NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867). Tips that lead to arrests and indictments could result in cash rewards of up to $ 2,000 to the person who provides the information.