PATERSON, NJ - Police are investigating two separate shooting incidents that occured less than two hours apart in the same neighborhood in the city on Sunday evening.
In the first incident, a 40-year-old city man was shot in the right forearm while he was in his car on E. 24th Street between 8th and 9th avenues. The victim told police he was seated in his vehicle warming it up when he was approached by a single black male who proceeded to verbally demand the victim’s property at gunpoint.
"The victim attempted to leave the area by placing the vehicle in reverse and backing away, at which time the suspect fired at him, striking him in the arm. The suspect then fled the area on foot in an unknown direction," said Lt. Patrick Murray.
The victim was reported in stable condition at St. Joseph's Medical Center.
At 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, a 22-year-old male was shot while seated in a vehicle at the corner of E. 23rd Street and 4th Avenue. The victim was sitting in the vehicle with a female companion in the area when the two were approached by two black males, one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a second in a black hooded sweatshirt, according to Murray.
The suspects forced their way into the vehicle while the occupants were still in it and drove away with them. While on E. 26th Street, the suspects demanded personal property from the female occupant, and then forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint.
"As the vehicle continued on East 26th Street, the victim attempted to jump from the vehicle and was shot as he exited," Murray said. "The suspects fled in the vehicle, a 2013 Chrysler 200, color black, in the direction of Route 20."
The vehicle still has not been recovered. The victim was in stable condition with gunshot wounds to his left foot.
Police have not commented on the possibility of a connection between the two incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Dave Tanis or Det. Francisco Brito of the Ceasefire Unit at (973) 321-1342.