SpringHill Suites

Two people were shot outside the Springhill Suites hotel on Ogletown Road, seen in this file photo.

Two people were shot in a hotel parking lot in downtown Newark late Thursday, police said.

The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. at the Springhill Suites, located at the corner of Ogletown Road and Library Avenue, according to Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The two victims, a man and a woman, were both shot in the leg and were taken to a hospital for injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening. A third person they were with was not hurt.

The shots were fired from inside a vehicle, believed to be a blue sedan with New Jersey plates. After the shooting, the perpetrator drove off toward Capitol Trail.

“Detectives located shell casings at the scene and are interviewing witnesses and reviewing area surveillance cameras,” Rubin said.

He said the victims were about to check in to the hotel when they were shot.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Det. William Anderson at 302-366-7100, ext. 3469, or wanderson@newark.de.us. No suspect information was released.

Shootings are relatively rare in the City of Newark, but Thursday’s incident is the third shooting in or near the downtown area in the past month. All happened less than a mile from each other, but police do not have any evidence they are connected.

“We don’t have any links between each of these at this point,” Rubin said.

On Dec. 7, around 2:10 a.m., a woman was shot while riding in a car near the intersection of Library Avenue and Delaware Avenue.

The victim told officers she was riding in the passenger seat of a car when the car was hit by gunfire. A bullet traveled through the car and hit her in the foot. Police were called to a nearby parking lot, where they found the injured woman and additional witnesses, though the vehicle she was riding in had left the scene.

On Dec. 17, around 4:15 p.m., shots were fired in Market East Plaza on Main Street, the shopping center that is home to the Newark Arts Alliance, Captain Blue Hen Comics, Audioworks and other businesses.

No one was injured, but two unoccupied vehicles were damaged by gunfire. According to witnesses and surveillance footage, the two suspects – described only as a black man and a Hispanic man – left in a black Dodge Charger.

No arrests have been made in the earlier shootings, but detectives are still working leads.

“Newark is still a very safe area, I would say,” Rubin said. “This is obviously not common. Our detectives are working on all these cases.”

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