On Saturday, March 8 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Paterson Police patrol units, as well as Detectives with the Ceasefire Unit and Narcotics Units, responded to a reported shooting in the area of Madison and 21stAvenues. On arrival, officers located a 22 year-old city resident outside of the Banana King Restaurant with a gunshot wound to the right leg. During an initial investigation, Detectives determined that the victim was involved in a physical altercation outside of the restaurant, and that during the altercation, an involved male produced a handgun and fired at the victim, striking him before fleeing the area.
It was further determined that as the shooting was occurring, an armed security guard employed by the restaurant (not a law enforcement officer) intervened, and fired his weapon at the suspect. During the course of their investigation and within a short time of the incident, a male arrived at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center with gunshot wounds, indicating he was shot in another area of the city.
As the investigation progressed, Detectives developed information and were able to identify Anthony Olivo as the alleged shooter in the incident. He was transported to the Paterson Police Department after being treated for his injuries. The armed security guard is licensed to carry a firearm while performing his duties, and the investigation is continuing at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Carlos Charon or Prosecutor’s Detective Rick Ferreira of the Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.