Newark Man Charged in Connection to Pair of Shooting Incidents
NEWARK, NJ – A Newark man was charged Wednesday on charges of two shooting events, authorities said.
Antoine Hawkins, 31, of Newark, has been charged with two cases of ammunition possession by a convicted criminal, one in possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted criminal, possession intended to distribute heroin, and possession of ammunition die Acting US attorney Rachel Honig said she had a gun used to promote a drug trafficking crime.
On August 18, 2020, video surveillance footage showed Hawkins firing a gun into a Newark street, striking a victim who, according to court documents, survived. Hawkins was also identified as the perpetrator of another shooting in Newark on Aug. 13, 2020, and cartridge cases from the locations of both shootings are a ballistic match, authorities said.
On September 16, 2020, police officers conducted a surveillance operation related to the August 18 shooting. During the surveillance operation, a police officer approached Hawkins and, according to authorities, observed a gun imprint on the suspect’s jacket. The police officer searched the Newark man and located and confiscated a 9mm Springfield Armory XDM pistol that authorities said was loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition.
After Hawkins was arrested for possession of the gun and ammunition, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant of Hawkins’ apartment and found 626 glassine envelopes suspected of heroin and three 9mm magazines.
Firearms and ammunition violations carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 each.
Counting possession of a firearm to promote a drug-related crime carries a legally mandated minimum sentence of five years in prison, followed by any other sentence Hawkins receives and a possible maximum sentence for life in prison .
The narcotics offense carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine of $ 2 million.
Acting US attorney Honey credited the Essex County Attorney’s Office and members of the Newark Department of Public Safety under Director Brian O’Hara.
This investigation is part of the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) in Newark. The Newark VCI was established in August 2017 by the New Jersey District Attorney’s Office, the Essex County Attorney’s Office, and the Newark Department of Public Safety to combat violent crime in and around the city.
As part of this partnership, federal, state, county and city authorities work together and pool resources to prosecute violent criminals who threaten the security of the community.