A Newark Nightmare
CAPTION: Karl Randolph, 32, is comforted Tuesday by his wife Nicole Randolph at University Hospital. Randolph has a punctured lung and a broken rib and is in critical but stable condition with the bullet still lodged within him. He was shot earlier in the day while pursuing two men he caught after they broke into his Georgia King Village home. "This is not the place to be when you have children," Nicole Randolph says about living amid the dangers of Newark. . Newark, NJ 8/12/09 12:08:28 PM Mahala Gaylord/THE STAR-LEDGER
This story ran in today's Star-Ledger and online at nj.com
I went to the University Hospital in Newark to get this photograph where the family was very welcoming of me but the hospital was not. I had only a short time with the Karl and Nicole Randolph before hospital PR kicked me out. Lighting in the hospital room was tough, it was fairly low lighting and no window light at all. The love and care Nicole Randolph displayed for her husband was visible from the moment I met the family and I hope comes through in the photograph. The first photograph is the one that ran in the paper and the one I feel shows the emotion of the moment beautifully while still being wide enough to give a hospital room feel. The closer shots lose a little of the graphic composition of that first shot.
Crime in Newark always seems to be in the news, and a lot of times death. In the short time I have worked at the Star-Ledger I have covered several different criminal cases. And I hate to see all the families that have been hurt. At least the Randolph's are still all in one piece.