PATERSON, NJ – Three men were wounded at two different locations in the 1st Ward early Sunday morning and authorities are trying to determine if the shootings are connected.

Two of the victims – a 25-year-old resident of Paterson Street and a 21-year-old from E. 25th Street – told authorities they were in a vehicle near the corner of Garfield Avenue and Jefferson Street at about 12:15 am when several men got out of a car and started firing at them. Authorities are not sure what prompted the shooting, according to Sgt. Patrick Murray, head of the Paterson Police Department’s Cease Fire unit.

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The 25-year-old was wounded in the left hip and the 21-year-old was shot in the right arm and shoulder. They then drove themselves to the hospital. Both are in stable condition at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

At about the same time, a third man, an 18-year-old from Sandy Court, arrived at St. Joseph’s in a different vehicle. He told police he was in the area of N. 7th and Temple streets when he heard shots and started to run away. But he was wounded in his right arm, police said. The third victim was treated and released from the hospital, police said.

“Detectives are attempting to determine whether the two incidents are related,’’ Murray said. “The investigation is continuing at this time.’’

There were three other shootings in Paterson last week – one on Presidential Boulevard on Tuesday, a second on the same street on Wednesday and a third near the corner of Governor Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard on Thursday. Police have arrested two men in the Tuesday shooting.

Murray is asking anyone with information about the shootingsto contact Det. Ed Taylor or Dave Tanis at PPD Ceasefire at 973-321-1342.