JERSEY CITY, NJ - Tandem shootings in Jersey City Heights on Wednesday were not random, according to preliminary reports.
As reported earlier by TAPinto JerseyCity, at around 10:50 a.m. this morning, an individual was shot in the vicinity of Summit Avenue and Leonard Street—a block west of Washington Park. Subsequently, just after 11:00 a.m., a second shooting occurred near Franklin Street and New York Avenue.
According to Jersey City Spokesperson Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, "Police are investigating two shootings that occurred in Jersey City around 11 a.m. today. The suspected vehicle involved and the vehicle owner have been located by police." Wallace-Scalcione added, "Two victims suffered non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is active and ongoing."
Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh, who serves the Jersey City Heights neighborhood, has said that today's violence is part of, "an ongoing war between two rival groups—one in Hoboken, and one in Jersey City Heights."
Unconfirmed reports indicate that the shooting is directly linked to a violent altercation that took place in the Heights earlier this week. In August, two separate shootings in the Heights were also alleged to be connected to gang activity.
"I will be talking with the Captain and Police Chief to make sure we hold these gangs to account and rid our community of this senseless violence," said Saleh. "The car involved in the shooting has been recovered in Hoboken. The two shootings are *both* gang related. Please stay safe and know that Jersey City’s Police Department is working and coordinating with Hoboken PD."
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