Two people were killed and another was wounded in a shooting that resulted in a four-car crash in Newark Monday evening, authorities say.
A man and a woman were shot at Irvine Turner Boulevard and Spruce Street just before 5 p.m., police say. A second man was also injured in the shootings.
The first man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. The woman was pronounced dead at University Hospital. They both were in one of the cars that crashed at the intersection.
The wounded victim is being treated at a hospital.
It's not clear what sparked the shooting or who was shooting at whom.
Traffic was blocked off for much of the night as police gathered evidence and tried to track the path of each bullet.
Neighbors lamented yet another deadly shooting in a city that can't seem to escape its violent reputation.
"It's very frightening, but it's really nothing new," said Darnell Hardy. "The community really has to come together and all the churches really need to come together to help the police, because they need help and they can't do it alone."
Last year, Newark topped 100 homicides for the first time since 2007, according to police department statistics. Mayor Luis Quintana and law enforcement officials announced in January they were hiring 100 police officers to combat the rising violent crime rate.