Police name suspect in Halloween party shooting deaths

By Associated Press, 01 November 2016

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Police have named a suspect they're seeking in connection with a Halloween party shooting that left two New York women dead and five other people wounded.

The Newburgh Police Department said Monday that 17-year-old Nija Johnson is wanted on a murder charge.


Earlier, 21-year-old Rainier Hamilton and 20-year-old Tyson Oliveira were charged with tampering with physical evidence. Hamilton also is charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

They were arrested Sunday hours after an early morning shooting at a costume party held in an apartment building.

Eighteen-year-old Omani Free and 20-year-old Tabitha Cruz were killed. The wounded people are expected to recover.

Hamilton and Oliveira have been arraigned and ordered held on $50,000 bail each. Their lawyers can't be reached for comment by telephone.

By Associated Press, 01 November 2016

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