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Auto paint shop in New Jersey closes after police shooting

Auto paint shop in New Jersey closes after police shooting

Police shot and killed a man and a woman in a New Jersey auto paint shop after the shop’s owner allegedly fired a gun during a robbery, authorities said.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired about 1:40 a.m.

Friday, according to the Newark Police Department.

Officers found the man dead at the scene and a third victim, identified as 28-year-old Josepha Hogue, suffering from a gunshot wound to the torso, police said.

Police said the woman was taken to the hospital and died a short time later.

Authorities said the shooting happened in the parking lot of the business, Auto Paint Shop, on North Avenue.

The two victims were identified as Hogue and Josepha.

The shop, located at 531 N. Camden Ave., was closed for the day as investigators worked the scene, according, the Newark Star-Ledger.

The city’s top prosecutor called the incident “heartbreaking” and said it “represents a tragic situation” for the city.

The prosecutor said Hogue was working at the shop as an auto painter when she was shot.

He added that she and the victim had been arguing over the business’ painting hours.