A city teenager who fired at a group of people in the city’s northern quarters a week or so ago was caught on surveillance tape firing at the crowd while police officers were reviewing videos of another incident in the area, according to the Paterson Police Department.
The suspect, 16-year-old, was arrested early Saturday morning at the intersection of Haledon Avenue and North Main Street, when Ceasefire detectives Dave Tanis and Francisco Brito were on a violent crime detail in the area.
Tanis and Brito quickly identified the suspect they had seen firing at the crowd in the surveillance tape. “Due to the Detectives’ knowledge of persons in the area, they immediately recognized the male shooter from previous contact with him, and subsequently charged the juvenile with weapons violations,” said Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit.
Detectives inadvertently found the video while reviewing area tapes piecing together a recent shooting incident that unfolded in the area. “During that review, the Detectives observed another incident occurring on an earlier date during which a male produced a handgun during an altercation, and fired numerous rounds in the direction of several individuals, but a victim was not struck,” said police.
On Saturday morning detectives arrested the teen without an incident, said Murray. The teen was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm for unlawful purpose, according to police.
“The juvenile is currently detained in the Essex County Detention Center pending an initial court hearing,” said Murray.