One man was killed and two other men were wounded in a shooting at a Newark convenience store early Monday evening, prosecutors said.
Police responded to Super Variety Corner Store on Bergen Street after getting a 911 call about a shooting at the location shortly before 6:30 p.m., prosecutors said. They found two men shot; one was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Prosecutors said the third victim had left the scene before police arrived and went on his own to Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, where he was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.
Neighbors said kids from a nearby school go to the store and they've never encountered problems there.
"These are all regular stores," said one customer. "They sell candy and chips. There's a lot of kids that come out of school and go to that store right there."
The shooting was a reminder of the violence residents continue to face in the city. Last month, an off-duty sheriff's officer was wounded in a shootout, one man was killed and another injured in a separate shooting and an airport worker was shot dead downtown.
"The politicians and congressmen, they really need to come and clean up this area because we have to live here," said Latasha Herring. "My son, 22 ... he can't go outside like a normal kid and play football or do stuff because it's too much trouble."
The investigation is ongoing.