PATERSON, NJ - Police are investigating a pair of shooting incidents in the 1st Ward this weekend that authorities have indicated might be connected.
A 34-year-old city man was in critical condition at St. Joseph's Medical Center after the second of those incidents at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning on Temple and North 6th streets. Ceasefire Detectives said investigations have led them to believe that the victim was a member of a group in the area of Temple and North 6th streets when multiple shots were fired and the victim was struck once in the abdominal/torso area. He was transported by private vehicle to the hospital.
On Friday at around 10 p.m. at the corner of Holsman and Percy streets in the 1st Ward, at 18-year-old city man was shot in the lower left leg. The victim told police that he was walking on Holsman Street in the direction of Haledon Avenue when shots were fired in his direction from the area of Haledon Avenue and Holsman Street. Ballistics evidence was recovered at the scene and will be submitted to the laboratory for further examination. The victim remained in stable condition as of Sunday morning.
"At this time, it is not known if these two Northside shooting incidents are connected," said Lt. Patrick Murray of the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit, "but the possibility cannot be ruled out and will be looked at as a matter of investigation."
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives Ed Taylor or Rolando Polio of the Ceasefire Unit at (973) 321-1342.