NEWARK, NJ - Three members of allied Jersey City gangs were charged with the July 7, shooting of a 12-year old child, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Wednesday.
Marc Taylor, a/k/a “Bando,” 18; Jashawn Tate, a/k/a “Trilly,” 18; and Damari Blackwell, a/k/a “Juggy,” 18; all of Jersey City, are each charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. They are scheduled to make their initial appearances Thursday by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III.
The three are reportedly associated with three violent street gangs which have operated pursuant to an alliance since at least September 2019. These gangs historically were associated with specific neighborhoods in Jersey City: the Marion Gardens Housing Complex, Rutgers Avenue, and the Curries Woods Housing Projects. Since the inception of this alliance, members and associates of Marion, Rutgers, and Curries Woods have operated as a cohesive unit, particularly with respect to their alleged retaliatory acts of violence against rival gangs.
On July 7, Taylor, Tate, and Blackwell are said to have driven to rival gang’s territory and approached a group of individuals. Taylor allegedly fired numerous rounds with a .45 caliber handgun through the front passenger seat window of a vehicle while Blackwell simultaneously allegedly attempted to fire a Tec-9 assault pistol through the sunroof. A 12-year-old was shot in the leg. Following this assault, Tate allegedly attempted to evade law enforcement by fleeing Jersey City in a stolen car and crashed, which resulted in the apprehension of the three defendants. This targeted assault in rival gang territory appears to be a retaliation for a previous shooting.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea; the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson, Newark Field Division; and special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Joe Denahan in Newark, with the investigation leading to the charges and arrests.
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