The massive manhunt for the gunman accused of killing 2 Newark police officers continues for a second day
On Wednesday, a massive manhunt for the armed and dangerous attacker was underway shot and wounded two Newark police officers at an apartment building in the city’s South Ward on Tuesday afternoon.
Both officers were in stable condition late Tuesday at University Hospital in Newark — one shot in the leg and the other in the neck before the bullet lodged in his shoulder, officials said.
The alleged shooter — identified by police as Kendall Howard, 30, of East Orange — fled after officers returned fire. He was still at large after an extensive manhunt by local, state and federal authorities that partially shut down part of the state’s largest city on Tuesday, officials said.
Howard is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately, authorities said. He is about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds with brown eyes and a tattoo on his neck that reads “PERO,” officials said.
Howard was charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of weapons offenses, the Essex County District Attorney’s Office said.
On Wednesday morning, the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Squad said it was offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The United States Marshall Service added an additional $5,000 to bring the total award to $5,000.
The incident began to unfold around 1 p.m. when a citizen called Newark police about a flyer the department had posted about Friday’s shooting, authorities said.
Two Newark police officers shot by gunman, officials say (PHOTO)
A caller reported seeing a person in a flyer at an apartment building near the intersection of Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue.
Two uniformed officers arrived at the building and saw Howard, officials said.
“They stopped him to talk to him and identify him, and there was a violent interaction,” Acting Essex County District Attorney Theodore Stephens told reporters.
After a brief argument, Howard allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the two officers at point-blank range, authorities said.
Streets in The South Ward neighborhood was blocked off for hours and the occupants were ordered out of the building where the shooting occurred. Schools in the area were briefly closedbut they were relieved in time, officials said.
The massive police presence caused confusion and conflicting initial reports, including that a gunman from a rooftop fired multiple rounds into the street, hitting officers. That turned out to be false.
In the Friday incident that first prompted police to shut down the flyer, a man fired a bullet into the air around 11 a.m. while walking east on the 100 block of Hansbury Avenue. Police searched the area and found one shell casing.
The man was wearing ripped blue jeans, white trainers and a gray hooded sweatshirt with a BMW logo on the front. He was carrying a blue bag over his shoulder.
Anyone with information on Howard’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 1-877-847-7432 or the Newark Police Department at 1-877-695-8477. Calls will be confidential.
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NJ Advance Media staff writers SP Sullivan, Noah Cohen, Matt Stanmyre and Richard Cowen contributed to this report.
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