(EAST ORANGE, NJ) - The first shooting occurred Wednesday, June 3rd. Preliminary reports indicated residents who heard gunshots in the Amherst and Central Avenue area around 7:35 PM called the police. Although, no report of serious injuries, police found shell casings after the suspect(s) fled the scene.

A few days later, in the midnight hour of June 7th, residents said a dark-colored SUV pulled up in the vicinity of 149 Shepard Avenue and fired multiple rounds. After all the shells hit the ground, three people got shot. One person was found on the scene with a gunshot wound to his arm. The other two gunshot victims walked into University Hospital for help. Newark officials determined the walk-in victims were from the Shepard Avenue location.

The next day, on the evening of June 8th, shooters arrived at Norwood Street in a residential area and began to let off shots in the direction of males. Upon the arrival of police, they identified one victim suffering gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to University Hospital where the medical staff treated non-life-threatening injuries.

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Residents say they have complained of an increase in drug sales in each area with little to no change. Residents believe the incidents to be connected to an alleged drug war. No arrests have been made in any of the shootings.

Although it is not clear if the shootings are connected, it is evident in each instance the shooters fatally missed after firing multiple rounds in residential neighborhoods or high traffic areas.

Anyone with information about the shooters or these incidents is asked to contact East Orange Police before an innocent bystander or a child is killed in the miscalculated irresponsible crossfire.

The East Orange Police Department has a confidential “tips” hotline for suspected criminal activity. The hotline is monitored twenty-four hours a day. Anyone with information should call 973-266-5041.

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