PATERSON, NJ - Two city youths were in critical condition after separate shooting incidents less than two hours apart Saturday evening.
A 15-year-old Paterson boy was in critical but stable condition Sunday after being shot in the upper torso in an apparent drive-by incident Saturday evening.
According to Lt. Patrick Murray, the teen was wounded at around 8:25 p.m. in front of a residence in the 700 block of East 27th Street between Park and 17th avenues.
"The victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso, and was immediately transported by Paterson Fire personnel for treatment," Murray said. "At this time, it appears that the victim was walking south on East 27th Street with another male just prior to the incident. A witness stated that a dark colored vehicle travelling south on East 27th Street pulled up, and at that time a shot was fired from the passenger side of the vehicle, striking the victim. The vehicle then fled south on East 27th Street toward 17th Avenue."
Just about 90 minutes prior to that shooting, a 16-year-old male was shot in the 100 block of Jefferson Street. According to Murray, a Paterson Police unit on patrol in the area of 110 Jefferson Street was flagged down by a male who advised the officer that his male friend had been shot. The victim was the passenger on the rear of a motorcycle that was travelling on North 3rd Street in the city’s 1st Ward.
"As the driver approached the intersection of Jefferson Street, driver and passenger heard a 'popping sound,' at which time the motorcycle turned onto Jefferson Street," Murray said. "Immediately after turning onto Jefferson Street, the 16-year-old passenger advised the driver that he believed he was shot, at which time the driver pulled over and confirmed that the victim was struck in the back. The driver then flagged down the marked police unit, and the victim was transported by ambulance for treatment."
The 16-year-old victim was in critical but stable condition on Sunday.
Police are not saying whether they believe there is any connection between the two shootings.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Edgar Taylor or Detective Rolando Polio of the Ceasefire Unit at (973) 321-1342.