PATERSON, NJ - The week after Independence Day has failed to give Paterson residents freedom from violence as authorities have announced that three shootings in four days have left four Paterson men recovering from gunshot wounds.

The first incident came to light on Sunday when two men, 26 and 19 years old, arrived at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center at approximately 7:00 p.m. for treatment. An initial investigation appears to show that the two were shot in the area of 17th Avenue and East 24th Street on the same day.

On Tuesday, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to the area of East Main Street at approximately 9:35 p.m. on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival police located evidence of a crime scene but no victims were present. A short time later, according to reports, police were advised that a 26-year-old man arrived at Saint Joseph’s for treatment of an injury believed to have occurred as a result of that incident.

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The final shooting of the three is said to have happened at approximately 10:26 p.m. on Tuesday. According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Paterson Police Chief Troy Oswald the incident took place in the area of Straight Street and led to the final victim being transported to Saint Joseph’s by Paterson Fire Department EMS for treatment of a non-fatal gunshot wound.

All three incidents remain under investigation and The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.

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