A double shooting at 799 Broad Street in Newark, approximately 500 feet from Branford Place, is being investigated by the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. One person died and the other was injured, but survived. The dead woman has been identified as Arlene Fields, 42, of East Orange. The surviving victim is a 31-year-old male from Newark. His name is not being released at this time.
Following the shooting, the surviving victim approached a police officer who immediately called for help. The shooting occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. Both victims were rushed to University Hospital, Ms. Fields was pronounced dead at the hospital.
At this stage of the investigation it appears the shooting was an isolated, narcotics-related incident. It also appears that the female victim was not the intended target. Cameras in the area are being reviewed by investigators.
The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. No other information is available at this time.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips hotline at 1-877-TIPS-7432 (1-877-847-7432) or the Newark Police hotline number at 1-877-NWK-TIPS.