Jersey City man sentenced to six years after mall shooting

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On March 29, Judge John Young, Jr., sentenced Ahmad Broadway, 26, of Jersey City, to six years in New Jersey State Prison on charges related to his involvement in the January 11, 2019, shooting inside the Newport Centre Mall that injured two people.

In February, Broadway pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes and to one count of fourth-degree Risking Widespread Injury or Damage.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Young sentenced Broadway to a term of five years in New Jersey State Prison, 42 months without parole eligibility pursuant to the Graves Act on the weapons offense, and 12 months on the Risking Widespread Damage charge.

The sentences are to run consecutive to one another for a total of six years in New Jersey State Prison.

On Friday, January 11, 2019, at approximately 6 p.m., Jersey City Police responded to a call of shots fired with victims from inside the food court on the third floor of the Newport Centre Mall.

Two men were injured in the shooting and hundreds of mall-goers were locked down for hours while law enforcement from multiple agencies secured the mall and searched for the shooter.

Broadway was arrested by Jersey City police on January 22, 2019 and indicted by a Hudson County Grand Jury on April 17, 2019.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

Assistant Prosecutor Adam Salzer of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office represented the state in this case.