PATERSON, NJ - A 26-year-old Lodi resident was wounded during an altercation that involved two gunmen in the 4th Ward early Sunday morning, police said.
After being wounded, the victim then tried to drive away from the scene but ended up jumping the sidewalk several blocks away and coming to a stop in front of someone's home, according to police. The shooting happened at 2:12 am near the corner of 10th Avenue and E. 23rd Street, according to Sgt. Patrick Murray, head of the police department's Cease-Fire Unit.
"The victim was apparently in that area when up to two shooters began firing multiple rounds in the intersection, striking the victim,'' said Murray. "The victim then attempted to flee the area in his vehicle and became incapacitated in the area of Lafayette/Mercer Streets, where the vehicle went up on the sidewalk and came to rest in front of a residence.''
Police found the man seated behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry. The victim suffered wound in his abdomen and right hand and is in critical but stable condition at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, police said.
Authorities say they are still trying to determine the motive for the shooting. It was not clear from the press release whether the victim was involved in the altercation, or a bystander.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Ed Taylor or Detective Dave Tanis at the Cease-Fire Unit at 973-321-1342 , or to call the confidential Tips Line at 973-523-TIPS.