- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities in Newark are investigating three fatal shootings over the course of one night in the city, including one in which an innocent bystander was shot while waiting in a car at a stoplight.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, a Jeep had been chasing an Oldsmobile near the intersection of Irvine Turner Boulevard and Spruce Streets when the Oldsmobile crashed into another car. The occupants of the Jeep opened fire on the Oldsmobile, striking and killing one of its occupants, wounding another, and striking a woman in a car at the intersection.

Murray says 43 year-old Velma Cuttino of Newark, who investigators believe was an innocent bystander, was fatally shot in the crossfire as she sat as a front-seat passenger in a car waiting at the stoplight.

Twenty-two year-old Wesley Childs of Newark, who was riding in the Oldsmobile, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say a 19 year-old male in the Oldsmobile was shot but is in stable condition. Two other passengers in that car were not injured.

Investigators are looking into whether Childs or others in his vehicle were being targeted.

In another shooting police believe is unrelated, 22 year-old Anthony Flowers was fatally shot around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Newark near Avon Avenue and South 12th Street, following a dispute.

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