Star Ledger: Teen indicted in shooting of 3-year-old in Newark
An East Orange teenager has been indicted on charges that he fired a machine gun at a moving vehicle in Newark this fall, critically wounding a 3-year-old boy who was a passenger in the back seat.
The shooting occurred in downtown Newark on Orchard Street four months ago in a part of town not typically known for this kind of violence. The shooting was even more horrifying, knowing that it occurred just eight blocks from City Hall during broad daylight. I wrote about the crime back in September:
The shooting occurred during the day in a part of town not typically associated with violent crime. Because of this, and that the shooter didn’t seem to harm his intended victim, it would appear to have been an act of desperation. There were no fatalities, but the act alone is chilling: I’ve walked and driven past this spot in the mid-to-late afternoon plenty of times. I have a small child. What’s to say the shooter hadn’t mistaken the driver for someone else?
Four days after the shooting, there are no conclusive thoughts to share. Yes, the police must stay vigilant and track down the shooter. Yes, Newark has a culture of violence that enables this kind of brash disregard for human life or the law. But, at the end of the day, this kind of crime just leaves a vague sense of unease.
The arrest and indictment is a positive message in an otherwise tragic event.