The violent incident occurred a short time before 2:00 a.m. According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect was holding a handgun and fired several gunshots in the direction of the female victim as she walked in the vicinity of Haledon Avenue in Paterson, NJ.
Not long after that, the victim, who lives in Paterson, managed to get herself to nearby St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, where doctors treated her for a gunshot wound to her leg.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paterson Police Department learned about the shooting and conducted a joint investigation. Authorities eventually connected the suspect to the non-fatal shooting and secured a warrant for his arrest.
The suspect is a 28-year-old male who resides in Paterson. After the arrest warrant was issued, he turned himself in to NJ state parole officials. New Jersey parole officials then handed the suspect over to the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the most serious charges of aggravated assault, he would be in store for severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), an individual who knowingly causes bodily injury and uses a deadly weapon like a gun or a knife can be charged with a second degree criminal offense. A conviction for a second degree felony such as aggravated assault could result in a stiff penalty that includes a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and charged in the case, the suspect was transported to a Paterson jail. He was being held at the jail in advance of a bail hearing.
For further information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Suspect in Paterson Shooting Arrested.”
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