Manhunt underway for Newburgh murder suspect

A manhunt is underway for a teen who allegedly opened fire at a Newburgh Halloween party, killing two people and hospitalizing five more. Investigators are

Police say 17-year-old Nija Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the shootings.

Police say 17-year-old Nija Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder in connection with the shootings. (11/1/16)

NEWBURGH - A manhunt is underway for a teen who allegedly opened fire at a Newburgh Halloween party, killing two people and hospitalizing five more.

Investigators are searching for Nija Johnson, 17, who they believe fatally shot 20-year-old Tabitha Cruz and 18-year-old high school senior Omani Free at a Halloween party at 119 Broadway early Sunday morning.

Police say Johnson has a criminal past and was arrested twice this year on weapons possession and drug charges.

Two men have already been arrested in connection with the incident. Rainier Hamilton, 21, is accused of hiding the suspected shooter's gun, but Hamilton's family says he grabbed the gun to stop the shooting. And 20-year-old Tyson Oliveira is accused of removing the alleged gunman's sweatshirt from the scene.

New York Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the shooting suspect.

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