NEWARK, NJ – A man dressed as a clown was shot in the city’s West Ward last night. The shooting was reported just after 10:30 p.m. by Vailsburg Park.
Newark police were called just after 10:30 p.m. last night to Oraton Parkway and S. Munn Ave., near the Parkway North entrance ramp, on a report of a shooting. When police arrived they found a man in a clown costume shot in his head in critical condition.
A spokesperson for the Newark Police Department said a silver SUV, driven by an African-American male, pulled up alongside of the clown. According to the spokesperson’s statement, the man got out of the car and fired several shots. The man then got back in the SUV and headed north on the Garden State Parkway.
“This isn’t the first shooting that’s happened around, resident Earl Johnson said. “They happen often around here, but never involving a f**king clown.”
The spokesperson said he doesn’t know why people are dressing in clown outfits, but he said he suspects fear is a factor across the city.
“I just think it’s insane. People better take those clown masks off before the coroner does,” Johnson said.
The victim, who has been identified as Carlos Mendoza, 31, was transported to University Hospital were he was pronounced dead. The suspect in the shooting has not be identified however authorities are actively searching for his whereabouts.