PATERSON, N.J. - On Saturday at approximately 3:00 a.m., Paterson Police patrol units were dispatched to the area of 12 Avenue and East 23 Street, on a reported “shots fired” activation from the city’s ShotSpotter gunfire detection system. 

On arrival, officers located a female victim with a gunshot wound to the leg.  The victim was immediately transported to Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment, and is expected to be released.

At this time it appears that the victim was standing near the intersection when shots were fired, and she was struck in the leg. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michael Quinones or Prosecutor’s Detective Ricardo Ferreira of the Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342. Information can also be forwarded anonymously by accessing the Paterson Police website at