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Arrest made in Newark restaurant shooting

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Three people were shot, one fatally, when gunfire erupted inside a Newark restaurant late Thursday morning.

Police arrested 32-year-old Mark S. Melvin later on Thursday. According to investigators, Melvin walked into the L.C.'s Place on 18th Avenue in Newark and shot two men eating breakfast. The restaurant is located across the street from Westside Park.

One of the men was killed.

An 81-year-old woman, the mother of the owner of the restaurant, was struck by a stray bullet.

She was hit in the shoulder and rushed to University Hospital with a non life threatening injury.

The suspect fled the scene, and police officers chased them in vehicles and on foot.

39-year-old Fuquan Mosley was killed. A 42-year-old man is in critical condition. the 81-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said Newark police responded to the restaurant on a call of a shooting and received information that the suspect fled in a Dodge Magnum. Other officers observed a car fitting that description. The car was stopped at Avon Avenue and South 18t Street. A foot chase ensued. Melvin was arrested. He has been charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

Bail has been set at $1 million by the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, J.S.C. Melvin is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility.

A second man was detained and has been arrested for outstanding unrelated warrants.

The motive remains under investigation by the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force.

From the preliminary investigation it appears the male victims were targeted by the shooter.

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