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Shots Fired at South Orange Teens

Driver fired a handgun at the two following an altercation along the South Orange - Maplewood border.

 

Two South Orange teenagers had shots fired at them late Thursday night on Irvington Avenue, following an altercation with a driver of a car in Maplewood near the South Orange border, according to Sgt. Christopher Black of the Maplewood Police Department. The teenagers were not injured; however, two houses in South Orange were struck and damaged. 

The teenagers, ages 16 and 18, were crossing Irvington Avenue near the intersection of Seton Place in South Orange at shortly after 10 p.m. when the driver swerved at one of them, cursed at him and then pulled his car to the side of the road just over the Maplewood border, said Sgt. Black. 

The driver exited his car and the two began arguing; the driver then returned to his car and fired four shots at the teenagers from a handgun. The driver drove east on Irvington Avenue. 

The matter is being investigated by the Maplewood Detective Bureau, and police will release the name of the 18-year-old on Monday. Sgt. Black also said a witness described the driver as a black male driving a white car. 

The two houses that were shot at have no visible signs of damage.

Harris Terrace Roland August 03, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Absolutely unacceptable. So, Maplewood & Newark police all within walking distance and all we're getting is a vague suspect & vehicle description. The other night I was driving by this same location and witnessed a man punching a lady outside of his car. I turned back to take another look and the car was off without the lady in sight. Where are the police when you need them!?
George Matias August 04, 2012 at 02:40 AM
A couple of months ago I was in Newark @ 7 AM near Newark Precinct on Irv. Ave. Called 911 because a woman was being assaulted no 1 even answered & police precint was NOT open!!!
Laura Nichols August 04, 2012 at 04:32 AM
The Maplewood and South Orange Police are exceptionally quick to respond to all calls, extremely professional and diligent. I know from experience (and I include the the Fire Department, Rescue Squad and Volunteers, etal). Their is more to this incident than is reported.
George Matias August 05, 2012 at 04:34 PM
You're Right about Maplewood/So. Orange but if you're just 2 blocks down near Ivy Plaza Mall, Newark response is different. A couple mos. ago, I called 911 because I witnessed a domestic in progress. 911 rang 20 X!!! Later on, I called Newark P.D., directly. They told me if u call from cell phone, your call is routed to Trenton or NJ Police & they route your call. We now know why crime is so high in Newark!!! No Response!!! Not Enough Manpower!!! I however do agree with u, South Orange/Maplewood does have better response time.
Leslie Jones Thomas August 09, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Next time take down the license plate and call our very responsive village police officers. The police can't be everywhere.
Howard Hughes October 03, 2012 at 11:28 PM
The last sentence in the first paragraph says that, "two houses in South Orange were struck and damaged." The very last sentence in the story says, "The two houses that were shot at have no visible signs of damage." There either was damage or there wasn't. Which is it.

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