Police officers in Paterson NJ are investigating a fatal shooting on a city street.
The shooting occurred during the late-night hours, around 2:30 a.m., in the area of Hamilton Avenue and Summer Street in Paterson, New Jersey. The Paterson Police Department got a call about gunshots fired in the neighborhood and sent officers to the scene.
When Paterson cops got to the area, they came across the victim lying on the pavement. The victim had sustained a significant physical injury and was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Unfortunately, doctors at the Paterson NJ medical facility were not able to save the victim; he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
The victim resided in Paterson New Jersey and was only 21 years of age at the time of his death.
The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office are actively investigating the homicide. Investigators have not yet been able to determine the identity of the person responsible for the fatal shooting.
If and when law enforcement identifies and captures the suspect, that person would likely be subject to very serious criminal charges for murder and weapons offenses.
A conviction on charges of first degree murder could lead to life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory term of imprisonment of 30 years. That’s because the NJ Criminal Code treats murder differently than it treats other first degree felonies. Most first degree crimes carry maximum penalties of 20 years behind bars, but murder charges carry far more severe punishments.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Paterson’s Bloody Summer Continues with Yet another Murder.”