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article imageThree Days of Shootings in Newark Leave 15 Wounded

By Michael Krebs     Feb 25, 2009 in Crime
Shooting rampages over three days result in 15 wounded. While murder rates are down, beleaguered urban community is shaken.
Fifteen people were wounded in three separate shooting events in Newark, New Jersey, a community that has long struggled with violent crime. Police Director Garry McCarthy - in an interview with Sharon Adarlo and Ralph Ortega of The Star Ledger - says that the events are not related.
"There's something wrong with our culture for this to happen three times," McCarthy told the reporters. "There's something wrong when young people are willing to fire into a crowd recklessly."
Drug trade and robust gang activity have become an undercurrent in this struggling city. While Newark's murder rate dropped 30 percent in 2008 to its fewest murders since 2002, illegal narcotics volumes - particularly cocaine and heroin - remain steady. Over the past decade, Newark's illegal drug business has evolved from a loose network of local thugs to a more sophisticated gang syndicate that is fueled by west coast operations and influences.
But the large tally of wounded over such a short period of time has driven a deeper concern into the city's community. In addition to the number of victims, one of the shooters was only 14 years old.
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