4 killed in string of Union County shootings

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The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating a string of shootings in Elizabeth and Linden this week that community leaders are calling part of a street war.



From Wednesday to Friday, five shootings took place, and four of them were deadly.



On Wednesday night, 28-year-old Dennis Vega was shot and killed in the area of New Point Road and Seventh Street.



On Thursday just before 10 p.m., 28-year-old Jamil Payne was shot and killed in the area of South Park and Sixth Street.



About an hour later, police received a report of a shooting on Clark Place, where 32-year-old Kevin Nelson was killed.



Ten minutes after that, a shooting at Jackson Avenue and Julia Street sent a 24-year-old man to the hospital.



Another deadly shooting in Linden took place on Friday. The victim's identity has not been confirmed.


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