Shooting in Maplewood Last Night (Sunday June 6th)

https://www.rlsmedia.com/article/developing-gunfire-kills-one-near-maplewood-football-field?fbclid=IwAR0wpWHXOOp4vE7WmOnxTy_E7y7904xELKO4NzgztFJLM5Wg9DseN4X7Fmc

DEVELOPING: Gunfire Kills One Near Maplewood Football Field

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office leads an investigation into a shooting that killed a person near a football field in Maplewood Sunday night.

According to a preliminary investigation, at around 10 p.m., residents on the Burr Road side of Underhill Field dialed 911 when they heard multiple gunshots rang out in the area.

When officers arrived at the scene, they taped off the street after finding an unidentified person struck by gunfire.

The victim was pronounced dead a short time later, officials confirmed.

Residents said several juveniles ran from the area and remained at large.

Maplewood Police Chief Jimm DeVaul told RLS Media that The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating this tragic incident.

The identity of the victim has not been released.



Update:  Local student was shot and killed at Underhill.


This is horrible and devastating to the family and the whole school community. Dr Taylor just sent out this email:

June 7, 2021

Dear South Orange & Maplewood School Community,

It is with a very heavy heart that we confirm there was a shooting last night with multiple victims at Underhill. One person was killed and at least one other was wounded. Tragically, the police have verified that both victims were Columbia High School students.

This inconceivable calamity is undoubtedly a devastating blow to our students, staff and community. I have been in direct contact with Police Chief Duval, Mayor McGeehee, Principal Sanchez, Principal Gronau and Principal Connors. We have activated our emergency protocols to provide mental health support for Columbia High School, Maplewood Middle and Clinton Elementary.

We are in close communication with the authorities. The District will provide updated information to staff and the District families as it is received. Until such time as information is received, we are making preparations for addressing the needs of our students, staff and families. I have notified our County Executive Superintendent of Schools and we are activating the County Grief Counseling Services via the Traumatic Loss Coalition, to support our students and staff..

With this devastating news, I have confirmed with our Board of Education that the retiree celebration scheduled for this evening will be canceled and postponed to a later date. Also, all activities at Underhill field are canceled while the investigation proceeds. In addition, due to the proximity of Underhill to Clinton Elementary School and the ongoing police investigation taking place, all outdoor activities at Clinton will be canceled for the day (and/or take place indoors where necessary).

At this time, out of respect for the family and due to the ongoing nature of the police investigation, we are unable to share the names of the affected students. We offer our sincere condolences to the family in their time of need. We will follow up with additional communication as we receive clearance from the local law enforcement and the family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor
South Orange & Maplewood School District, Board of Education


So sad to hear.  I heard the shots last night.  My first reaction was gunshots.  But it was multiple bangs (maybe 6-8) in quick succession - so I was hoping it was only firecrackers.


Horrible.  My condolences to the family of the student who died.  We all go about our lives thinking something like this cannot happen here until it does.  gulp


Was a classmate of my son's at CHS. Details appear to be incredibly senseless and sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the boy killed.


Wow. So heartbreaking. We heard "fireworks" at about this time last night. Now I wonder. My heart goes out to the family and condolences to the community.


yahooyahoo said:

https://www.rlsmedia.com/article/developing-gunfire-kills-one-near-maplewood-football-field?fbclid=IwAR0wpWHXOOp4vE7WmOnxTy_E7y7904xELKO4NzgztFJLM5Wg9DseN4X7Fmc

DEVELOPING: Gunfire Kills One Near Maplewood Football Field

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office leads an investigation into a shooting that killed a person near a football field in Maplewood Sunday night.

According to a preliminary investigation, at around 10 p.m., residents on the Burr Road side of Underhill Field dialed 911 when they heard multiple gunshots rang out in the area.

When officers arrived at the scene, they taped off the street after finding an unidentified person struck by gunfire.

The victim was pronounced dead a short time later, officials confirmed.

Residents said several juveniles ran from the area and remained at large.

Maplewood Police Chief Jimm DeVaul told RLS Media that The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating this tragic incident.

The identity of the victim has not been released.


 Hard to imagine much sadder news than this. Just a kid. Heartbreaking. 


https://patch.com/new-jersey/maplewood/maplewood-student-killed-1-injured-field-superintendent

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Authorities in Maplewood have confirmed that gunshots killed an 18-year-old student and injured a 17-year-old at the athletic fields of a local high school Sunday, and that the incident is being investigated as a homicide. The 18-year-old has been identified as Moussa Fofana, according to the Essex County Proescutor's Office.


marylago said:

So sad.

 so very sad... ohh


Absolutely heart breaking.

Does anyone know the family?  What do they need now? How can we help them?


Very informative article in the NY Times this morning (much better than the coverage in the Star Ledger this morning). 

Maplewood Shooting: HS Student Fatally Shot Near Soccer Field Where He Excelled - The New York Times (nytimes.com)


snowmom said:

Absolutely heart breaking.

Does anyone know the family?  What do they need now? How can we help them?

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-moussa-fofanas-family-recover




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