Officials report early morning homicide in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose announced that the Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force are investigating a fatal shooting.

At approximately 12:11 a.m. today Newark Police responded to a report of a shooting in progress in the vicinity of 51 Poinier Street. When they arrived on the scene they discovered Gerard W. Jones, 49, of Hackettstown in a vehicle suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.