BAYONNE, NJ - Five Bayonne teenagers, two of them minors, have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident that took place on April 12, Bayonne Police officials announced Tuesday.

According to Captain Eric Amato, on the day of the incident members of the Bayonne Police Department responded to the area of 21st Street and Kennedy Boulevard on a report of shots fired at approximately 12:52 a.m. Upon arrival, officers met with several witnesses and the two victims, a 29-year-old female and a 28 year-old-male, both of Bayonne, who reported that a gunshot had been fired through their bedroom window.

Witnesses also reported observing a group of five males flee the area after the shot had been fired.

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An investigation by officers revealed a bullet hole in the bedroom window as well a 9mm shell casing from the street and a 9mm round from in front of the victim's bedroom dresser. Utilizing “extensive investigative techniques and resources,” the statement said, Bayonne Police Detectives were able to identify all five suspects and determine which was the actual shooter. 

Arrested were:

Michael Stephens, 19, who was taken into custody April 22 and charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault; two juveniles taken into custody on April 23, who were charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault; Josiya Santana, 19, who was taken into custody on April 24 and charged with the same crimes; and Elija Odum, 18, identified as the shooter who was taken into custody on Monday and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun.

No handgun was ever recovered. 

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