NEWARK — Police arrested a 32-year-old Newark man and charged him with a triple shooting that left one man dead and an 81-year-old woman injured inside a mom ‘n’ pop restaurant, police said.
Mark Melvin was arrested about 11 a.m. He was charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons offenses, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.
Investigators said Melvin walked into the restaurant on 18th Avenue in the city’s West Ward at 10:41 a.m. and opened fire.
He shot Fuquan Mosley, 39, and Joseph Chavis, 42, according to Murray and police documents.
As he sprayed rounds, Melvin also struck a woman neighbors referred to as “Momma,” the 81-year-old mother of the eatery’s owner, police said.
Melvin fled the scene in a Dodge Magnum but was tracked down by Newark Police a short time later. He jumped out of the car near Avon Avenue, but officers arrested him after a short foot pursuit. A second man was also arrested on outstanding warrants. — Compiled from various news websites, including NJ.com.