Officials: 3 separate shootings leave 2 dead in Newark

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Officials say that three separate shootings within a 24-hour span in Newark Friday left two people dead and several others injured.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the first of the shootings took place around 3 a.m. on Brunswick Street, and left 18-year-old Nakiyyah Miller dead and two others injured.

The other two men who were shot, a 16-year-old and 35-year-old, are expected to survive.

The prosecutor's office also confirmed that 34-year-old Paul Boykins was shot and killed near 50 N. Fifth St. at around 10 p.m. Police also say another two people were shot near Orange and South 15th streets.

A 13-year-old was shot and a young adult male was grazed, but both are expected to be OK.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose is trying to counter the news of the violence. He says the crime rate is dropping as police work to get illegal guns off the street.

Ambrose says officials have taken 300 guns this year. He says part of that is an increase of the community calling in tips. Ambrose says shootings are down 13%, and overall crime is down 12%. The number of homicides this year now at 35.

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