1 killed, 3 shot after NJ Mother's Day motorcycle blessing

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Posted: May 11, 2015 4:54 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of New Jersey's largest city says permit policies will be revised following a deadly shooting that broke out after an annual Mother's Day motorcycle blessing.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka made the announcement Monday at a news conference. The shooting left a 15-year-old boy dead and three other people wounded. Baraka called the shooters "cowards" and vowed they would be captured.

Noting that city police didn't sign off on the event, Baraka says his administration is investigating how and why a city permit was issued.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says the shooting erupted Sunday evening in the city's South Ward. It was earlier the scene of the Blessing of the Bikes, an event sponsored by the Newark Knights motorcycle club to mark the beginning of the riding season.