A gunman has shot a driver stopped at a traffic light and killed a pedestrian, and the same man may be responsible for the shooting of a police sergeant in his patrol car, authorities said.
The three shootings took place within minutes in the same general area of Irvington, in northern New Jersey, around 3 am (local time) yesterday, said Paul Loriquet, Essex County prosecutor's office spokesman.
Police later accused Shaquan Johnson, 27, of Newark of shooting the police officer, and authorities were investigating his possible involvement in the other two shootings.
The gunman first drove up to a vehicle stopped at a traffic light, according to a police news release. He spoke with the driver, a 23-year-old man from Bridgeport, Connecticut, before shooting him several times.
The gunman continued driving and shot to death Gary Farrar Jr, 22, a Rutgers University student walking on a sidewalk, police said.
A man then passed an Irvington police patrol car, backed up and told the sergeant inside, a 24-year police veteran, that a shooting had just taken place, police said. He then drew his gun and shot the sergeant.
The Connecticut man drove himself to a hospital in Newark, and an ambulance took the sergeant to a hospital.