Newark, New Jersey - Two police officers were injured in a shootout with a gunman perched on a rooftop Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, the shooter is using a rifle and is actively shooting at law enforcement near Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue.
One police officer was shot in the neck, the other officer was shot in the leg.
Both officers were rushed to a nearby hospital and their conditions are not known.
🚨 OFFICERS DOWN: Please pray for the 2 police officers in Newark, New Jersey who were shot. Reports indicate the Shooter is using a rifle and is actively shooting at law enforcement.
*This is developing* pic.twitter.com/0msEtGrdYK
— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) November 1, 2022
ABC 6 reported:
An investigation is underway after two police officers were shot in Newark.
Reports of the incident started to come in around 2 p.m. Tuesday near Van Velsor Place and Chancellor Avenue.
Law enforcement sources say one officer was shot in the neck and the other was shot in the leg.
The officers were taken to University Hospital. Their conditions are not yet known.
Video from NewsCopter 7 appeared to show a large response of officers taking tactical positions near the scene of the shooting.
Residents in the area were advised to avoid the area and stay away from the scene.
Out of an abundance of caution, a spokesperson said Chancellor Avenue School was locked down, but all students and staff were safe.