35 hours of violence shatter Newark’s peaceful streak
Disheartening news dominates Newark’s headlines for the past couple of days as the Ledger recounts four violent crimes within a 35 hour period. The tragedy of it all but overshadows the record drop in the city’s murder rate, which has nearly been cut by half compared to this time last year.
A 10-year old Newark boy riding his bike home from football camp was shot in the neck today when he was caught in the middle of a fight between two young women, authorities said.
The shooting capped a 35-hour period in which three people were killed and four were injured, shattering a period of relative peace in Newark that has put the city on track to record the lowest number of murders in decades.
“We’ve been going in the right direction, but that doesn’t make us feel any better, because we’re still running into incidents like this,” Police Director Garry McCarthy said.