Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting Outside J. Cole and Big Sean Concert in New Jersey
Quran Powell, 27, faces two counts of attempted homicide, among other charges
New Jersey State Police arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the shooting outside a hip-hop concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, earlier this week.
Quran Powell was charged with two counts of attempted homicide, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and certain persons not to possess a firearm for the incident, NJ.com reports.
Police say Powell opened fire in the crowded parking lot outside the show at around 11 p.m., hitting two males in their mid-20s. They were airlifted to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where they remain in critical but stable condition.
A witness who attended the concert with his 13-year-old daughter told PIX 11 that a fight broke out after two men made a comment to a girl in the parking lot about her body.
“There were these two guys, whatever they said to this woman was enough to make her react,” Mike Lefanto said. “Then I heard a few pops. I was like, ‘Oh, fireworks because it’s the summertime,’ until I turned around and saw a guy with a gun.
“That’s when we started running.”
Officers tracked Powell to an apartment in East Orange, where they arrested him without incident on Wednesday.
Powell had a prior history of arrests for various drug charges. In November 2011, he pleaded guilty to a drug distribution charge. In exchange, two other drug charges – possession of Ecstasy and drug distribution – were dropped as part of his plea agreement, according to court records obtained by NJ.com.
State police report that there were more than 100 arrests at the Monday night concert.
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