According to the Paterson Police Department, multiple police officers were dispatched to East 18th Street after law enforcement got a report of gunshots being fired in the area. The report came from the Paterson ShotSpotter gunfire detection system, which was set off around 12:15 a.m.
When police got to the scene of the shooting, they found the victim suffering from a single gunshot wound.
The 35-year-old victim, who resides in Paterson, New Jersey, was transported to St. Joseph s Medical Center so that doctors could treat him for his injuries. He was later listed in stable condition.
The victim told police that he was shot while walking on East 18th Street in Paterson, NJ. He reportedly heard gunshots and then looked down to realize that he had been shot in his lower leg.
Paterson law enforcement is actively investigating the shooting. At this time, police have not yet identified the person responsible for the shooting.
If investigators can eventually determine the identity of the shooter, that individual would likely face criminal charges for aggravated assault. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), a person who uses a deadly weapon, such as a handgun or a knife, to cause serious bodily injury to another person can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree aggravated assault charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Paterson Ceasefire Unit has asked that anyone who has information about the shooting please contact investigators at 973-321-1342.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “35-Year-Old Man Wounded in Paterson Shooting.”