PATERSON, NJ - A dispute at a Main Street bar early Monday morning ended with a shooting that left one man wounded, according to police.
The victim, a 31-year-old resident of Pompton LAkes, told police he was entering the Mi Ranchito Bar at about midnight with some friends when a group of men being kicked out of the place started a dispute with him after they bumped intoo each other, according to authorities. One of the men punched the victim and another grabbed a ball from the pool table and hit him in the face with it, said Sgt. Patrick Murray of the Cease Fire Unit.
The victim then retreated to the rear of the bar, and after waiting five minutes, walked out, thinking the group had gone, police said. The victim walked south on Main Street to get a cab and while walking was again accosted by the same group, police said.
The victim told police he was struggling with one man from the group when a second pulled a handgun and fired one shot at him as he fled south on foot, according to authorities.
The victim was wounded in the back of the knee and was transported by a private vehicle to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center at about 12:35 am, police said. He is in stable condition, Murray said.
Paterson has had 15th non-fatal shootings that left 16 people wounded so far this year. The city also has had two fatal shootings that resulted in three deaths and two people wounded.
Policed are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the Paterson Police Cease-Fire Unit at 973-321-1342. To leave information anonymously please call the TIPS Hotline; that number is 973-523-TIPS.