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A Violent Night: Two People Murdered in Separate 5th Ward Shootings

A man was shot and killed inside this bar Friday night, the second murder there in the past 19 months.
A man was shot and killed outside this car wash early Saturday morning


PATERSON, NJ – Two city men were shot and killed in separate incidents overnight that happened about six hours and a few blocks apart from each other in the 5th Ward, according to Paterson Police.

The first shooting took place at about 11:45 pm Friday inside Arcoiris Sport Bar at 322 Market Street, police said. The victim, identified as a Hispanic man in his 30s, was shot once and died instantly, according to Capt. Heriberto Rodrigiez.

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Authorities are still investigating the motive. There were other patrons inside the bar at the time of the shooting, Rodriguez said. The same bar was the scene of another fatal shooting in January 2011

This weekend’s second killed occurred at about 5:25 am Saturday morning outside a car wash near the corner of 16th Avenue and Summer Street, Rodriguez said. The victim, identified as a black man apparently in his early 20s, was hanging outside along the wall of the car wash on 16th Avenue when someone shot him, police said.

A second person in the group, an 18-year-old city woman, was wounded in the foot. Authorities are still investigating details of that case.

Paterson police are not releasing the names of the deceased until their next of kin have been notified.

The killings pushed the city’s murder toll this year to 13. will provide more details as soon as they become available.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information about the murders contact the Major Crimes unit at 973-321-1120.


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