Many things arent in the news generally. That said broad street isnt the safest area in newark. People have been shot there, but shooting are a frequent occurence in newark. I dont know of any personally since 5/12/12 in the evening... :/
The case with Broad St is that the areas on the west side of it aren't the greatest (ie Branford pl) while the side closer to the arena is faaaaaar better (ie dinos bbq, bcbg etc). NPD has to do a better job clearing the other side of Broad, especially once Teacher's village is built.