Police continue to investigate deadly outbreak of violence in Newark

(12/15/04) NEWARK - Police are trying to determine if a recent string of violent shootings in Newark are connected in any way.

Police say five people were shot, four fatally, during a rash of attacks Tuesday. According to a resident who witnessed one of the shootings, the attack differed from a drive-by style shooting. The witness says the attackers shot the victim and continued to fire rounds at close range until their weapons were empty.

Tuesdays events, coupled with four execution-style murders in the city earlier in December, have police investigating possible connections between the shootings. Newark residents say the recent events have created an atmosphere of fear within the community.

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