HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A 19-year-old Edgewater man who shot a man inside a Hackensack convenience store is facing charges for attempted murder.
After fielding a 911 call about a possible shooting shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, city police arrived to a dramatic scene inside the Hackensack Mini Market on First Street. They found a man, who was not identified, with a gunshot wound lying on the floor with crumpled up paper towels clutched close to the injury uttering, “I don't want to die; Please don’t let me die,” as officers performed emergency first aid.
Members of the city fire department arrived with oxygen and carried the man to the EMTs and paramedics who transported him to the ER of a nearby hospital for surgery. The victim is expected to recover.
Meanwhile, responding officers located a man with a Smith and Wesson .40 caliber handgun near the store and took him into custody. Police ascertained that this man was the brother of the victim and had wrestled the gun from the shooter -- James A. Bradley -- after the initial shot was fired.
It is unclear why Bradley shot the man.
While the gun was being wrestled from Bradley’s hands, another shot was fired, presumably by accident, police said.
The man was released without being charged pending further investigation, police said.
A Bergen County Sheriff Officer and his K-9 found Bradley behind an apartment building one block from the crime scene and arrested him.
Bradley was charged with attempted murder; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was remanded to Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.