PATERSON, NJ - A 25-year-old Paterson man was shot several times while driving near the corner of Presidential Boulevard and Arch Street late Wednesday night, according to police.
The victim told authorities he was stopped at a stop sign at that corner when he heard gunshots and was struck several times, police said. He was wounded in the left knee and left buttocks and another bullet grazed his back, police said.
Sgt. Patrick Murray, head of the Paterson Police department's Cease Fire unit, said it was not clear yet whether the victim was the intended target of the shooting.
The victim then drove himself to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, where staff alerted police to the incident at about 12:05 am Thursday morning. He is in stable condition.
Officers and Detectives who responded to the Arch Street area found ballistic evidence. Also, police said the vehicle that the victim was operating was damaged by the gunfire and was removed from the hospital property by Detectives for further examination.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Tony Urena or Det. Carlos Charon of the PPD Cease Fire Unit at 973-321-1342.
Meanwhile, authorities say the condition of the victim of a shooting that happened on Presidential Boulevard Tuesday evening has improved and they have been able to identify him as a 18-year-old city resident. He was wounded in the face and had been in critical condition. But authorities are not sure of the circumstances of that shooting because they have not been able to question the victim. That investigation is also ongoing.