NEWARK - The manhunt is continuing tonight for two men wanted in the fatal shooting of Newark police officer William Johnson. Officials say officer Johnson was shot at the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant on Lyons Avenue. Two other people, a 21-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman, were also shot.
The veteran officer was inside getting a slice of pizza when a black Mercedes-Benz pulled up, fired several shots and fled the scene. Police say they are searching for two African-American men they believe are suspects. Their car was found ditched on Goldsmith Avenue.
The officer was taken to UMDNJ-University Hospital, where he was rushed into surgery and later pronounced dead.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker says the officer was 45 years old, a father of two and a 16-year veteran of the city's police force. He was assigned to the force's video surveillance unit, according to Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio.
Officials say the other victims are in stable condition. One was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, the other to UMDNJ. The sheriff's department is offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to arrests and the PBA is offering a $10,000 reward. Anyone with information is urged to call the prosecutor's tip line at 1-877- 695-8477.