Three men-including a 15-year-old-were shot in a Sunday night shooting at a Paterson block notorious for gang crime and narcotics trafficking, police said.
Shortly after 10 p.m. police rushed toward a gunfire report. Close to Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Street, in the 4th Ward. According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, police discovered an 18-year-old Paterson man and juvenile suspect hurt at the site.
Both were taken to an local hospital, a release from the prosecutor’s office said. While, a 31-year-old woman from the city came to the hospital separately, who was also shot in the attack. Neither injury was thought to be life-threatening. Authorities have not released a possible shooting motive or say if any suspects have been present.
The gunfire broke out in an region identified as the group of 230 Boys. Last year the group, which derives its name from the shooting scene from a convenience store shoes, was targeted in an anti-drug takedown by local and federal officials. In October, federal prosecutors arrested seventeen gang members and associates with suspected involvement in the city’s distribution in heroin, opioids, and other narcotics.
Armoni Sexton, a 15-year-old Paterson basketball star, was murdered in a drive-by shooting outside the supermarket, 230 liquors, in 2015. The attack was also linked to feuds between neighborhood-based gangs near the infamous corner, investigators have confirmed. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office refused to specify whether there were any witnesses or whether the shooting was gang connected. Anyone with shooting information was asked to call county investigators at 1-877-370-PCPO or to contact Ceasefire Unit Paterson Police at 973-321-1342.