Trio of 19 Year-olds Charged with Shooting at a Vehicle in Paterson

According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, three 19 year-olds were arrested in connection to a shooting on Jersey Street. Police allege that the trio were riding in a vehicle when they fired at another occupied vehicle containing four Paterson residents. Police said that the gunfire struck the vehicle but none of the occupants were injured. Police noticed both of the vehicles pulled over on Route 21 near Exit 7. Police recovered a handgun from the trio’s vehicle. Nasir Clark, Aleena Rivera, and Nijel Towns were each charged with four counts of attempted murder, unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for unlawful purpose. The suspects were lodged into the Passaic County Jail where they await a detention hearing. Click here to read more at

The state of New Jersey is strict regarding the unlawful possession of a weapon. Subsections (a), (b), and (c) of the statute are subject to sentencing under the Graves Act, meaning that an individual convicted of such an offense must be sentenced to a term of imprisonment with a minimum term of parole ineligibility fixed at, or between, one-third to one-half of a sentence imposed, or 3 years, whichever is greater.

A crime of the second degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

A crime of the third degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

A crime of the fourth degree is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.

If you or a loved one is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled at defending countless individuals charged with weapons offenses in towns like Paterson, Passaic, and Clifton. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court, and that you receive the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.