Two teens in New Jersey were shot and killed on Christmas night. A young girl, Zainee Hailey, age 13, was shot and killed in Newark along with a neighbor boy, Kasson Morman, age 15; after gunfire broke out from the street they lived on. A third child was also badly injured but is alive, according to New Jersey police.
These two murders raise Newark’s homicide count up over the 100 mark for the year 2013. This is the first time it has been that high since 2006, stated both Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio and also Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.
Prosecutors explained that the two children were outside the teen girl house on the 100 block of Schley Street, which is located in the South Ward near the Irvington border. The shooting took place about 10 p.m. Christmas night. It was reported that the girl was taking out the trash along with her younger brother, age 7 but the youngest child was not hit.
The teenage boy who was killed was found in a fetal position on the ground when paramedics arrived on the scene but he was not breathing.
Witnesses at the crime scene stated that the teen girl’s father was devastated. One neighbor stated that she saw the father come out of the house and he was screaming hysterically. He was completely going crazy with grief.
There was also a vehicle confiscated at the scene of the shootings, but it has not been released at this time as to why.
The two teens were both pronounced dead at a local hospital just before 11 p.m. Wednesday evening.
There also was a 14-year-old boy who was hit and was listed as being in critical but stable condition. Shaheedah Frazier, who is the mother of the injured boy, has stated that her son cannot breathe of his own accord at the present time. Frazier also reportedly said that one of her son’s friends stated that they were on the front porch of Hailey’s three-story home when a lone gunman, who was wearing a ski mask, walked up the porch steps and started shooting on all of them.
Police investigators stated they had no information about any sort of motive, and refused to give many details over the shooting of the teens. The three children all attended different schools in the Newark, New Jersey area.
This double homicide happened only blocks from an Irvington, New Jersey strip club where a gunman opened fire and ended up killing three men.
There were two other individuals also wounded outside the bar after the armed man began firing off shots into a large crowd because he was not allowed to go inside the strip club around 12:30 a.m., police investigators stated to the public.
They were still hunting for the shooter early Thursday.
No arrests have been made in either of the cases.
The murders of the two New Jersey teens have caused the Newark, New Jersey murder count to rise above 100 as was stated above.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Washington Post