PATERSON, NJ - A 19-year-old Paterson man faces decades in prison following his arrest in connection with a January 11 shooting.

According to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes Paterson Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora, Leighmeir Singletary, was arrested Thursday following a joint investigation by the two agencies.

As previously reported, members of the Paterson Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the days of the incident. Upon arrival police located a crime scene, including ballistics evidence and a blood trail. The victim was located a short time later at St. Joseph’s Hospital suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Based on an ensuing investigation, Singletary was identified as the gunman and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

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The arrest came at approximately 6:30 p.m. when Paterson Police Detectives are said to have observed Singletary in the area of 51 Godwin Street. After a brief foot chase the suspect was apprehended while in the possession of 42 envelopes of heroin. 

In addition to the weapons and guns charges, Singletary was also charged with Second Degree Eluding for an incident that occurred on March 16, at approximately 4:51 p.m. in the area of Summer Street. Signletary was not apprehended at that time and an arrest warrant was issued. 

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact them on their tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or to contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342. 

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