Deadly night in Newark

Sunday, August 05, 2007

A deadly night in New Jersey's largest city. Four people are dead and nine injured after several separate shootings in Newark.

The most disturbing scene, behind a school where investigators say someone shot four young people in the head execution style.

Three of those victims died, another remains hospitalized.

We have team coverage. Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson has more on the night of violence in Newark.

It took less than nine hours. Nine people were shot and, as we mentioned, four are dead. Many of the victims were teenagers and officials say two of the incidents are linked.

But what angered people the most? What they told Eyewitness News over and over was that they have lost faith in Mayor Cory Booker and the police director. Both had no comment today.

"We are tired of tolerating this," said Newark resident Donna Jackson.

The trail of blood in Newark seemed endless. Firefighters here called not to put out flames but to wash away pools of blood behind Mount Vernon School.

Officials say this is where gunman lined up four people around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night and shot them execution-style. Three died instantly.

Two attended Delaware State University and one planned to in the fall.

Then, just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, folks living in Garden Spire say two people were shot inside the lobby of the building. Security was put on heightened alert.

The car window reflects the violence that then unfolded on Smith Street beginning at 3:30 a.m.

"I had to get my 14-year-old up and down, okay. I got to make sure that is first. I am not looking out the window to see who. I don't care," said Donna Jackson. "I just make sure they are not coming through my window."

Donna Jackson is community activist and says two people were hit by bullets in the running gunfire next to her home. And then about five hours later, in broad daylight around 8:30 in the morning, just a few homes away.

"It happened right there. I heard pow, pow, pow. Oh, my god. I looked on the window because I live on the third floor," said Newark resident Donna Martimar. "Then, the man was just out laying on the ground."

A man sitting on the stoop was shot and killed. Prosecutor's office says retaliation for earlier attempt of the block.

People here are fed up and calling for immediate resignation of Mayor Cory Booker and Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy.

"I have kids that are now being kept on the house because they can't come outside because their parents don't want them to see this," said Donna Jackson. "This is unacceptable."

"I am ready to get out of here. This is a bad neighborhood. That is all they do - shoot, drugs," said Dona Martimar. "You know? It is just terrible."

Again, that is what we heard over and over again today. Members of a Newark community group plan to hold a rally on Monday at noon to demand change.

Victims of deadly shooting in school yard

Two of the victims of that horrific school yard shooting were siblings: brother and sister. One of them survived but the other did not.

Our coverage continues now with Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates. She has the story from the Essex County prosecutor's office in Newark.

Two victims were brother and sister. Their mother said they were good kids. They went out last night to get something to eat and a short time later, she got a knock on the door that no parent should ever get.

Renee Tucker's son Terrance Aeriel stood on the same fate that is keeping her strong after someone or a group of people executed her son and two of his friends.

Her 19-year-old daughter Natasha Aeriel was also shot but survived.

"T.J. was ordained minister. And that's what he has done," said victim's mother Renee Tucker. "He stood up for righteousness."

He and Natasha were Delaware State University students. Tucker says one of the other two victims had just been accepted to the school.

They and another friend were forced to face a wall behind Mount Vernon Elementary School where they were shot in the head Saturday night.

Natasha Aeriel is listed in fair condition at University Hospital.

"We're not going to put this problem to rest or at least diminish it," said State Senator Ronald Rice. "What I am saying is there is a relationship between inmates and gangs, drugs and gangs and guns and gangs."

And Tucker says her kids were not involved in drugs or gangs.

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