The shooting happened on a city street around 7:00 p.m. According to law enforcement, the Paterson Police Department got a report of gunshots fired near the intersection of North 3rd Street and Jefferson Street in Paterson, New Jersey. The alert came from the Paterson ShotSpotter gunfire detection system, which lets police know when gunshots have been fired in the city.
After getting word of the shooting, members of the Paterson Police Department’s Ceasefire Unit showed up at the scene and came across the victim lying on the ground. Police officers saw that the victim, a 28-yearold Paterson NJ man, had sustained a gunshot wound to the neck.
Emergency medical responders treated the victim and then transported him to nearby St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where doctors worked hard to save his life. The next day, hospital officials indicated that the victim had been listed in critical but stable condition.
Paterson detectives are currently investigating the non-fatal shooting and attempting to identify a suspect in the case.
If police can eventually figure out the shooter’s identity, he would probably be charged with, at a minimum, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), an individual who commits an assault with a handgun or knife can be charged with a third degree criminal offense. A conviction for third degree aggravated assault could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Critically Injured after Being Shot in Neck in Paterson, Cops Say.”