The shooting went down a short time before 2:00 a.m. According to authorities, the suspect brandished a handgun and shot the female victim, a Paterson resident, as she walked in the area of Haledon Avenue in Paterson, NJ.
Sometime after being shot, the victim checked herself into St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her leg.
The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the shooting and eventually identified the suspect as the probable shooter. Police then obtained a warrant to arrest the suspect.
Sometime after the arrest warrant was issued, the 28-year-old suspect turned himself in by surrendering to NJ state parole officials. He was subsequently turned over to the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of aggravated assault, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who knowingly causes bodily injury while using a deadly weapon like a handgun or a knife can be charged with a second degree crime. A conviction for second degree aggravated assault could result in a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to a Paterson NJ jail to await a bail determination.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Suspect in Paterson Shooting Arrested.”