Update as of 11/2/22 3PM: Governor Phil Murphy Tweeted at around 12:45PM today that the suspect who allegedly shot two cops has been arrested. “The alleged gunman suspected of shooting two police officers in Newark yesterday has been captured and is in police custody,” the Tweet reads. “I commend our local law enforcement on their swift action to control the situation & protect their community during another horrific act of gun violence.”
According to CBS, officials located Kendall Howard, the suspect, late Wednesday morning and quickly surrounded and arrested him, ending the almost 24-hour manhunt.
Update as of 11/2/22 9:30AM: No arrests have been made after yesterday’s shooting, though a suspect has been identified. Per ABC7, the Newark neighborhood where Tuesday’s shooting occurred (Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue) is still on lockdown as officials now search for the shooter who previously was believed to have been surrounded and contained in a building. A suspect by the name of Kendall Howard, age 30, has been identified, and officials are saying he is considered armed and dangerous. Howard is charged with attempted murder of two police officers, who had come to the scene after someone had recognized Howard as allegedly having been a suspect from a different shooting, per NBC.
At around 2PM on the afternoon of November 1st, two police officers were shot in Newark, New Jersey. Per NBC, the suspect was shooting with a long gun and fled to the top of a nearby building. According to SNBC, the shooter is said to be male and was firing from a rooftop near Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue. The neighborhood is in lockdown.
One officer was said to be shot in the neck, while the other was shot in the leg, per ABC6.
“The wounded cops had been serving a warrant at a home near Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue in the state’s largest city around 2 p.m. when gunfire erupted from an elevated location, possibly a window or a roof, officials said,” NBC reported.
According to NJ.com, both officers were taken to University Hospital and are still alive — though the shooter is not yet in custody. Newark schools went into lockdown as a precaution, and residents are being advised to avoid the area and stay inside if possible.
Over a dozen law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, and Governor Phil Murphy Tweeted that he’s aware of the situation.
I am aware of and closely monitoring an unfolding situation in Newark.
I am in touch with local authorities and the State is providing resources as requested. We will continue to support local law enforcement and ensure that all residents are safe.
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) November 1, 2022
Little information has been made available — and while the suspect isn’t yet in custody, it’s possible he is currently negotiating with law enforcement, according to ABC6. NBC also reported that a source is claiming the shooter is contained despite not yet being in custody.
NBC wrote, “… the neighborhood was locked down and the shooter was believed to be in a building within that zone. Law enforcement officers were said to have him surrounded.”
This is a breaking story, and The Montclair Girl will update it as soon as more information is available.