NEWARK - Gun violence has exploded in Newark since two people were shot at a bodega on Christmas and the situation has only worsened.

Ahmad Jackson, 20, was shot and killed Thursday afternoon at the intersection of 12th Street and South Orange Avenue. Police say Jackson was targeted but it is not known why. Two hours after his death, two teenage girls were shot and wounded outside Essex County College after a high school basketball game.

On Friday, a boy and girl were shot and injured outside a grocery store at the corner of Chadwick and Clinton and witnesses say a man was shot in the leg along Broad Street. Witnesses say the man was being robbed by five people when he was shot.

All of the shootings took place within three miles of each other and happened in the daytime. Other than the attempted robbery on Broad Street, a motive is not known in the other shootings.