PATERSON, N.J. - A single block in Paterson where one teenager was gunned down, and another wounded over the weekend, is a known drug hot spot where 4 killings occurred in the last 18 months and over 600 calls in the last 3 years.
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Deputy Chief Troy Oswald announced on Sunday that at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, a 16 year old male juvenile of Paterson, New Jersey was shot and killed and a 17 year old male juvenile of Paterson, New Jersey was shot and wounded at 87 Auburn Street, in Paterson, New Jersey. The identities of the victims are being withheld due to their ages. The investigation is active and ongoing.
The murder took place in one of three buildings that police officials said yielded those 600 calls over the past three years. The next door building at 83 Auburn Street and across the street at 90 Auburn, are the three buildings mentioned by officials as the source of those calls.
TAPinto Paterson drove past the building where the murder took place this weekend and it appeared abandoned and was boarded up. A few residents who were on the street said that it is known in the community as a "crack house" and people in fact where living inside.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with information about this incident to contact us on our tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone with additional information may also contact the Paterson Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 321-1120.