Two Men Shot While Riding in Minivan Sunday Afternoon


PATERSON, NJ - Two city residents riding in a minivan on Sunday afternoon were shot by someone from inside a silver sedan that pulled up alongside the vehicle on 10th Avenue.

According to Lt. Patrick Murray, the incident occurred at around 4:25 p.m. on 10th Avenue near East 18th Street. Police responded to an alert from the ShotSpotter gun detection system.

"On arrival, officers located an apparent crime scene which consisted of ballistic evidence, but no victims were immediately located," Murray said in a statement. "A short time later, two gunshot victims arrived at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center seeking treatment. The victims were travelling in a vehicle along 10th Avenue when a second vehicle pulled alongside of them, and multiple shots were fired from that second vehicle. Two occupants inside the minivan were struck, at which time the minivan went out of control and struck the fence of a business at 10th Avenue and East 18th Street. The victims were then removed and transported in another vehicle for treatment. The vehicle from which the shots were fired is believed to be a silver sedan, which fled the area after the incident."

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One male victim, 23, was reported in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his right leg. The other male victim, 25, was also reported in stable condition with a gunshot wound to his left abdomen.

Detectives are currently continuing their investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact detectives Rick Ferreira or Carlos Charon of the Ceasefire Unit at (973) 321-1342, or the Paterson Police Confidential TIPS line at (973) 523-TIPS.


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