Quran Powell, 27, faces two counts of attempted homicide, among other charges

By Tara Fowler
Updated August 07, 2015 01:30 PM
Credit: New Jersey State Police/AP

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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