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Gunfire kills 2, injures 3 in two Newark shootings

Posted at 9:44 AM, Nov 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-30 18:29:50-05

NEWARK, N.J. (PIX11) -- Tragedy struck in Newark this weekend when five people were shot, two of them fatally, in a pair of shootings, authorities said.

In a news release Sunday morning, the Essex County Prosecutor and Newark Police Department said an investigation is underway into whether the shootings -- which happened at two locations -- were related.

The first shooting happened about 9 p.m. Saturday in the 700 block of South 20th Street. There, officers found 23-year-old Zaire Williams, of Irvington, dead of a gunshot wound.

Some two and a half hours later, at about 11:30 p.m., gunfire again broke out in Newark, this time outside Oasis Night Club, located at South Orange Avenue and South Ninth Street, police said.

(Photo: PIX11's Rob Hoell)

Four people were shot, one of them fatally, outside Oasis Night Club in Newark on Nov. 29, 2014. (Photo: PIX11's Rob Hoell)

Officers arrived at the bar, pictured at left, to find four people had been shot.

Lisa Parker, 36, of Orange, was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other shooting victims were taken to a hospital where they were listed in stable condition.

No motive has yet been established and police do not have a description of the shooters. An investigation is underway to determine if the deadly shootings were related.

A $10,000 reward has been posted for information leading to an arrest in either case.

Resident Hakeem Johnson, who lives on 20th Street near where Williams was killed, told PIX11 News he hopes someone comes forward.

“You gotta do what you feel is right at the end of the day,” Johnson said. “Now his family is mourning his death. He hadn't even lived yet."

Anyone with information is urged to call the Essex County Crimestoppers at 973-877-TIPS, or Newark Police Department tip line at 877-NWK-TIPS.