From South Orange Police Chief Kyle Kroll on June 16,2019:
At 11:12 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, the South Orange Police Department responded to the vicinity of Sloan Street after officers on foot details in the area heard what appeared to be “gunshots”.
Upon canvassing, no victims were identified. Officers secured the area with the assistance of mutual aid from other police agencies (Maplewood, West Orange, Millburn, Livingston, Bloomfield, NJ Transit and Essex County) and later found five 9mm shell casings one block away in the alleyway adjacent to the Bank of America building between South Orange Avenue and Lot 9.
The preliminary investigation indicates that there may have been an altercation between youth that led to the gunshots. The gunshots at this time are believed to have been fired upward into the air.
Detectives are currently reviewing video surveillance in the area to gather more details. There have been no arrests made at this time.
The shots fired are not believed to be related to the “Pride Under the Stars” dance party which was being held on Sloan Street at the time of the incident and was well attended. According to officer accounts, there were hundreds of youth in the downtown area at the time of the incident in addition to the party-goers. There was one minor injury to an individual who was leaving from the scene and was treated by the South Orange Rescue Squad and released.
This is a fluid and ongoing investigation and the Detective Bureau is urging anyone with information related to this incident to contact the South Orange Police Department at 973-763-3000.
Chief Kyle M. Kroll
South Orange Police Department
From South Orange Village President Sheena Collum via the SOPD, June 15, 11:46 p.m.:
On Saturday, June 15 at approximately 11:15pm, the South Orange Police Department was notified that three loud sounds, described as “gun shots”, were reported in the vicinity of Sloan Street. There are no victims at this time and officers are on the scene with the assistance of mutual aid. This is an active investigation and information will be made available to the public as soon as details are confirmed.
There is no further comment at this time.