For the first time in more than 40 years, an entire calendar month has come and gone without a homicide in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. It’s been 32 days since a homicide took place in Newark, marking the first time there has been a slay-free calendar month in the city since 1966.
Police Director Garry McCarthy said he hopes to best a 43-day period from March to April of 2008, the longest span of time without a slaying in the city since 1961. Ten homicides have occurred in Newark since Jan. 1, and none in the South Ward, long believed to be Newark’s most dangerous section. The first-quarter homicide total is the same as last year’s, and the second-lowest in Newark since 1941. There were only eight reported shootings in Newark in March, and other crime categories also are down from 2009.