PATERSON, NJ – Police are trying to determine if a Sunday morning drive-by shooting on Aubrun Street was precipitated by a fight that happened in the area 30 minutes earlier.
A 26-year-old woman who authorities believe was not the target of the gunman was wounded in the shoulder and leg while sitting on the porch of an Auburn Street home.
That was one of two separate shootings that happened within an hour of each other in the 1st and 4th wards on Sunday.
The drive-by shooting happened at about 3 am, authorities said. Police believe the gunman - a passenger in a passing gold-colored vehicle - was aiming at a group of people hanging out on the street when the woman was wounded.
"As of this time, we do not believe the victim was the target,'' said Sgt. Patrick Murray, head of the city police department’s Cease Fire unit. "There was a group of approximately six people or so in front of the residence and on the porch at the time of the incident. The residence at that address is a multi-dwelling type residence."
The victim is in stable condition at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, according to police.
About 40 minutes later, patrol cars were sent to the area of 21 Ellison Street after receiving a report of a man with a gun. While they were en route, police received a second call saying there had been a shooting at the locations.
On arrival, officers found a victim on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds in the buttocks, police said. The victim, a 24-year-old resident of Garfield, was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital and has undergone surgery.
Authorities said the shooting may have started as an argument that quickly escalated.
Police are asking anyone with any information about either shooting call the Cease-Fire Unit at 973-321-1342 or at the TIPS hotline at 973-523-TIPS.