A Newark imam’s son was the likely target of a gunman who opened fire on five people in a vehicle parked on a city street Tuesday, killing the man and a woman and wounding three others, law enforcement sources told The Star-Ledger today.
Akbar Muhammad, the 36-year-old son of Imam Abdul Akbar Muhammad of Ali. K. Muslim mosque, and Shante Spivey, 28, of East Orange, died when the vehicle they were in was sprayed with gunfire near Springfield and Fairmount avenues at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, prosecutors said.
Muhammad was in the driver’s seat and died at the scene, while Spivey succumbed a short time later at University Hospital, prosecutors said.
Muhammad was likely the target of the attack, according to two law enforcement sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. They would not comment further.
Akbar Muhammad had a lengthy criminal record that included arrests for assault, weapons possession, drug offenses and robbery, according to documents obtained by The Star-Ledger. In 2011, he was charged with shooting at another man. He was released from the Essex County Correctional Facility in January 2012, according to the documents.
But recently, relatives said, the 36-year-old was trying to change his life and had become heavily involved in his father’s work in the Muslim community.
Big ups to Corey Booker, Chris Christie and Barack Hussein:
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