NJ mayor re­ports ‘good progress’ in probe of mall shoot­ing

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - WEATHER -

JERSEY CITY >> An of­fi­cial re­ports progress in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of a shoot­ing at the food court of a New Jersey mall that wounded two peo­ple, one of whom was wanted in an ear­lier shoot­ing.

The New­port Cen­tre mall re­opened at 1 p.m. Satur­day, three hours later than sched­uled, af­ter au­thor­i­ties said a fist­fight at about 6 p.m. Fri­day on the mall’s third floor ended in gun­fire, wound­ing one per­son in the stom­ach and an­other in his arm.

Mayor Steven Fu­lop said Satur­day au­thor­i­ties were mak­ing “good progress” in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the shoot­ing, which came two days af­ter a shoot­ing in a dif­fer­ent part of Jersey City that prompted school lock­downs and also left two peo­ple hurt. Fu­lop said one of those wounded Fri­day night was wanted in the ear­lier shoot­ing.

Po­lice Chief Michael Kelly said it was un­clear whether the shooter that started Fri­day night’s in­ci­dent was in cus­tody, and he said he couldn’t spec­u­late about the num­ber of shoot­ers. He said the shoot­ing could have been gang-re­lated. Fu­lop said no one was in­jured in what he called an or­derly evac­u­a­tion.

Fu­lop called for changes in gun laws at the fed­eral level in an ear­lier mes­sage posted Satur­day on Twit­ter and ad­dressed peo­ple who “say gun ac­cess has noth­ing to do with shoot­ings.”

“Fact is, years ago a fist­fight at the mall was a fist­fight at the mall,” he said. “There wasn’t a con­cern that some­one was car­ry­ing an il­le­gal gun.”

He cited more than 300 il­le­gal guns taken off the street by city po­lice in the past year but called that “a drop in the bucket.”

“Peo­ple need to ac­knowl­edge there is a prob­lem and can’t just pre­tend ev­ery crit­i­cism of gun ac­cess is an at­tack on the en­tirety of the Se­cond Amend­ment,” he said.

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