A man in his 20s and a toddler believed to be 1- or 2-years-old were fatally shot in Orange, New Jersey,the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
The incident took place on Cleveland Street around 3:40 p.m. Thursday, and the man and child were pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown if the two were related.
A car that matched the description of one allegedly seen in the area around the time of the shooting was found burning nearby, but it is unclear if the two are connected.
One witness told NBC 4 that they heard 15 gunshots.
“Everyone had to get down and run and look for cover, we didn’t know where the bullets were coming from,” he said.
The prosecutor’s office is expected to release more information Friday.
“Today, we suffered tragic losses due to gun violence in our community. We lost two lives today in Orange, due to senseless violence which is all too common across our nation,” Orange Mayor Dwayne D. Warren wrote on Facebook.