• Lt. John Zutic walks around the crime scene looking for evidence on S. 18th St. not far from the body of Al-Tariq Harris who was slain and 3 others wounded in a hail of gun fire with approximately 50 bullets being shot from two 9-mm handguns and a Romanian

    The Killing Cycle is a look into the murderous cycle of urban crime in Newark, New Jersey. There's a new kind of killer on the street. Young men in their teens and early 20s, with no regard for life, not even their own, carrying assault weapons in the past just used just for warfare. Granted with unparalleled access for a week with the Essex County Homicide Task Force, a view of community crisis that is urban crime fueled by gangs and drugs and the effort to break the murderous cycle.

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    While on the 100 block of Scheerer Ave. in Newark where 15 year-old Al-Aziz Stewart was killed and 7 other wounded, Det. Anthony Iemello, left, Capt. Mike DeMaio, Sgt. Miguel Arroyl and Department Chief Dan Pfeiffer gather to share evidence and other information during their investigation. The shooting was in retaliation to the shooting on Osborne Terrace a block away the week prior where Marquis Robinson, 24, was gunned down while on his front porch.

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    Capt. Mike DeMaio, right, talks to Det. Telmo Silvestri about photographing the evidence at the scene where 15 year-old Al-Aziz Stewart was killed and 7 other wounded on the 100 block of Scheerer Avenue in Newark.

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    A member of The Essex County Prosecutor's Office Crime Scene Unit holds a .223 slug that was recovered at the scene where 15 year-old Al-Aziz Stewart was killed and 7 other wounded on the 100 block of Scheerer Avenue in Newark. The rifle ammunition is very similar to what is used by the US military in their high powered M-16 rifles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Essex County Crime Scene technicians document evidence where Al-Tariq Harris, 21, of Newark, was gunned down in front of a convenience store at 14th Avenue and South 18th Street about 7:15 p.m while 3 others were also shot. Newark, NJ, USA.

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    On 14th St. a distraught man is restrained after seeing the covered body of Al-Tariq Harris who was gunned down and 3 others also shot in a hail of gun fire with approximately 50 bullets being shot from two 9-mm handguns and a Romanian version of a AK-47 assault rifle.

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    The wrapper of a breakfast bar lies in the pooling coagulating blood at S. 18th the site of where Al-Tariq Harris was slain and 3 others wounded in a hail of gun fire with approximately 50 bullets being shot from two 9-mm handguns and a Romanian version of a AK-47 assault rifle.

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    From across the street in a Laundromat at the corner of 14 Ave. and S. 18th St., a young boy watches police activity around the body of Al-Tariq Harris. Harris was slain and 3 others wounded in a hail of gun fire with approximately 50 bullets being shot from two 9-mm handguns and a Romanian version of a AK-47 assault rifle.

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    Members of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Crime Scene Unit, Det. Robert Harris, top, and Det. Telmo Silvestri search for a bullet for evidence in a 2nd floor apartment along S. 18th St. where Al-Tariq Harris who was gunned down and 3 others also shot in a hail of gun fire with approximately 50 bullets being shot from two 9-mm handguns and a Romanian version of a AK-47 assault rifle. The power of the riffle caused the shooter to spray bullets low and high.

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    Friends and family morn as they line S. 18th St. behind police tape near the scene where Al-Tariq Harris was gunned down and 3 others were also shot in a hail of gun fire with approximately 50 bullets being shot from two 9-mm handguns and a Romanian version of a AK-47 assault rifle.

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    A Newark firefighter washes down the side walk after the crime scene investigation is over where Al-Tariq Harris, 21, of Newark, was slain outside of a convenience store at 14th Avenue and South 18th Street about 7:15 p.m while 3 others were additionally wounded.

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    Hours after the evening shooting, Chief of Detectives Anthony Ambrose, center, runs a meeting while also on the phone as other members of the task force Det. Tyrone Crawley, left, Lt. Pat Pasteur, Capt. Mike DeMaio, Sgt. Miguel Arroyl, Det. Marquis Carler, and Det. Paul Sarabando listen in as they all share information they have learned from the scene and talking to witnesses.

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    At 114 Sheerer Avenue Michael and Marion Muhammad look at the memorial for 15 year-old Al-Aziz Stewart who was killed in a rain of gunfire from an assault rifle there that wounded 7 others. Stewart was their stepdaughter's baby brother and Michael claims that 'I lost a son.'

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    Having not slept all night and having worked on the case for the past 18 hours, Capt. Mike DeMaio thinks in a conference room about the case and who are the suspects and possibly the next targets for the retaliation for the shootings and killing of 15 year-old Al-Aziz Stewart on Sheerer Avenue.

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    In their office Capt. Mike DeMaio, right, talks about the evidence of the Osborne Terrace homicide case and how they want to question a witness in the room next door with Det. Anthony Iemello, Lt. Pat Pasteur and Det. Stan Rosa. The alleged shooter at Osborne Terrace Raheem Cleveland was wounded at the shooting on Sheerer Avenue. Using ballistic evidence, street intelligence reports and witnesses they were able link the shootings together which happened about a block away from each other and a week a part.

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    At the intersection of Bergen St. and Sheerer Ave., Karizma Wright, 19, who was wounded in the leg by the shootings at 114 Sheerer Avenue the night before, is supported by a couple of friends during a memorial vigil for 15 year-old Al-Aziz Stewart who was killed in a hail of gunfire from an assault rifle that wounded 7 others including Wright. The shooting was in retaliation for the shooting on Osborne Terrace a block away the week prior where Marquis Robinson, 24, was gunned down while on his front porch.

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    Members of the Essex County Homicide Task Force search for evidence in an appartment in Newark.

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    While with NJ State Trooper Det. Paul Kochis, right, inside the Homicide Task Force's office, Raheem Cleveland, who was one of the 7 people wounded at the shooting on Sheerer Ave., is escorted to jail after being placed under arrest for the murder at 349 Osborne Terrace where Marquis Robinson was killed on his porch the week prior. On Sheerer Ave., Cleveland the intended target, returned fire with a .40 caliber hand gun that was used to kill Robinson. This evidence and multiple eyewitness accounts that Cleveland was the gunman at Osborne Terrace was enough to charge him with the homicide. He is now serving 55 years in prison for the homicide.

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    Havilah Phillips, the sister of 15 year old Al-Aziz Stewart who was slain on Sheerer Ave., is comforted during the memorial service. Funeral for 15 year old Al-Aziz Stewart at Christian Love Baptist Church.

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    Monica Jenkins, the mother of 15 year old Al-Aziz Stewart gives her son a last kiss good bye during his funeral service at Christian Love Baptist Church. Stewart was killed in a hail of gunfire from an assault rifle that wounded 7 others on Sheerer Ave. on July 11th.