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Alleged Dewald Avenue Shooter Surrenders To Police

Jaki Hooks-Lewis. Photo: Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The 20-year-old township man wanted for a January Dewald Avenue shooting has surrendered, authorities said March 1.

Jaki Hooks-Lewis turned himself in at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 while at his lawyer’s office in Newark, according to a press release from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

Hooks-Lewis was charged with 2nd Degree Aggravated Assault after he allegedly shot a man outside the man’s Dewald Avenue home on Jan. 3. Township police responded to the area that night after repeated 9-1-1 calls of shots being fired.

Upon arrival at the scene, police found the 31-year-old victim outside his home, suffering a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his leg, according to the release.

The investigation revealed Hooks-Lewis to be the alleged shooter, according to the release. The investigation also revealed that Hooks-Lewis’ father, Jason Lewis, aided his son’s escape from the scene, police said.

Lewis, 40, surrendered to authorities Feb. 10 at the Somerset County Jail, Somerville. He was charged with 3rd Degree Hindering Apprehension.

Upon his surrender, Hooks-Lewis was taken to Somerset County Jail to await a detention hearing, where he remains.

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