According to Paterson authorities, the shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. Paterson police sent patrol units to the city’s fourth ward after getting an alert, from the police gunfire detection system, about gunfire near the intersection of East 23rd Street and Hamilton Avenue.
When officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, they did not find any victims. However, not long after that, police received a call from medical personnel at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Hospital employees told Paterson police that two men with gunshot wounds had arrived at the hospital via private car.
One of the victims, a 23-year-old man from Wayne NJ, had sustained a gunshot wound to his arm. He was treated and later listed in stable condition. The other victim, a 30-year-old man from Passaic, sustained an injury to his head as a result of being grazed by a bullet. He was treated and was later said be expected to make a full recovery.
At this time, investigators have yet to identify a suspect in the case. If police can eventually locate the shooter, that person would probably be subject to criminal charges for aggravated assault. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), anyone who uses a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or a knife, to cause serious bodily injury to another can be charged with a third degree criminal offense.
Investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in determining the identity of the shooter. Anyone with information about the shooting should get in touch with Paterson NJ detectives at 973-321-1342.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “2 Men Wounded in Early Morning Shooting in Paterson, Police Say.”