2 People Injured In Shooting At Newport Centre Mall In New Jersey

January 11, 2019 - 8:32 pm

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Two people were injured in a shooting inside Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City Friday night.

Police responded to reports of gunfire on the third floor of the mall just after 6 p.m.

Upon arrival, police discovered at least one person suffering from a gunshot wound.

The mall was then quickly evacuated as police began the hunt for the suspect.

“When it happened, it was basically a commotion going on, everybody just started going out, they started rushing out,” said mall employee Jimmy Castro.

Confusion then quickly settled over the scene, with Mayor Steve Fulop explaining that even police were unsure if they had captured the shooter.

“We’re still looking at surveillance cameras in order to make sure and understand a little bit more about where the shooter is, at this point we're not clear whether the shooter has been apprehended or he's one of the victims or his status, but there's plenty of surveillance in here and we're confident that we'll be able to make an arrest,” the mayor said.

Police later confirmed that two people were injured in the shooting and transported themselves to nearby hospitals.

One of the victims was shot in the arm and the other was hit in the abdomen, according to Mayor Fulop. They are both in critical, but stable condition.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported, one of the victims was placed under arrest for an unrelated shooting in Jersey City that took place several days ago.

Though, Mayor Fulop notes that he does not want to blame Jersey City for the violence.

“Gun violence in Jersey City is certainly trending downwards, that's undeniable, whether it's homicides or shootings,” the mayor said. “But you have some areas that are very stubborn and some characters that are very, very bad.”

Authorities speculate that the shooting may be gang related.