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Police: 4 dead in N.J. as shooter is believed among deceased

Two children were killed in the attack in Lindon, authorities said.
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a shooting in Linden, N.J.
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a shooting in Linden, N.J., on Sunday.Kyle Mazza / AP

LINDEN, N.J. — Authorities say four people were dead following a shooting in New Jersey, and the suspected gunman is believed to be among the deceased.

Police in Linden in Union County said officers responding about 9:30 a.m. Sunday found two adults and a juvenile deceased.

A juvenile taken to Newark University Hospital in critical condition was later pronounced dead, Capt. Christopher Guenther of the Linden Police Department confirmed Sunday afternoon.

Police said in a statement the shooter “is believed to be among the deceased, and there is no further threat to the public.”

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said his office was monitoring the investigation. In a statement Sunday afternoon, he called the violence "horrific."

"This is an ongoing investigation with many questions to be answered," he said. "Linden is a strong community and we will support them however possible as they mourn and recover."

The city of more than 43,000 people is about 23 miles southwest of Manhattan in New York City.

The names and ages of the people killed and wounded and other details weren’t immediately released.

Mayor Derek Armstead said, “There simply are no words to describe the trauma, heartbreak and sorrow that we are all experiencing.” Armstead asked for prayers, especially for “the child in the hospital.”