Off-duty Newark, NJ, cop killed in shooting

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Posted: May 27, 2011 7:12 AM
Off-duty Newark, NJ, cop killed in shooting

A prosecutor's office in New Jersey says an off-duty Newark police officer has died after being shot in a restaurant Thursday night.

Essex County Prosecutor's spokeswoman Kathy Carter says she doesn't have further details and can't release the name of the officer, a 16-year veteran of the police force.

Mayor Cory Booker said in an early-morning news conference the officer was 45 years old, lived in Newark and had children.

A man and woman were also wounded at the drive-by shooting at the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant around 9:45 p.m.

A manhunt for the suspects in the shooting went through the night.

Carter says her office will release more details at a news conference later Friday morning.

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An off-duty Newark police officer is in grave condition after being shot inside a South Ward restaurant, Mayor Cory Booker said early Friday.

The veteran officer was shot while ordering a slice of pizza shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, Booker said at a news conference two blocks from the scene, The Star-Ledger reported on its website.

A man and woman were also injured when shots were fired into the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant from a vehicle, which then sped away, the mayor said.

Booker did not identify the officer, but said the 45-year-old was taken to University Hospital and rushed into surgery. The mayor said the officer, who has children, joined the Newark police force in 1995.

The mayor said the other shooting victims were taken to University Hospital and were in stable condition.

Booker said a manhunt was under way for the car and its occupants.

"We are hurt," Booker said. "We are angry and we will find who is responsible."

Capt. John Chrystal, president of the Newark Superior Officers Association, called the attack "tragic," the Star-Ledger reported.