A man was wounded in the city’s third shooting Wednesday night on East 39th Street.
The victim, 26-year-old Clifton man, was found with gunshot wound inside a vehicle in the parking lot of Bank of America near East 39th Street between 11th Avenue and McLean Boulevard at around 9:43 p.m. on Wednesday.
Police said the victim was driving through a public housing project on Grimes Place with another occupant when two male suspects approached their vehicle, at least one of whom was armed.
“The males began chasing the vehicle in an attempt to get the victim to stop, at which time the victim attempted to accelerate out of the area,” Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit, said. “As the victim pulled off, they heard several gunshots fired, at which time a bullet entered the vehicle and struck the victim In the back.”
The victim was wounded in the lower back, police said. The 26-year-old was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police said he is in stable condition at the hospital.
Police were searching for two suspects who might have been involved in the shooting leading them to a housing complex in Grimes Place.
Wednesday night’s shooting concluded a violent 24 hours in the city that began with an early morning accidental shooting inside the 9th floor of a high-rise building on Presidential Boulevard and continued with a second shooting on Vreeland Avenue in middle of the day.
Police continue to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Detective Edgar Taylor or Detective Christopher Ravallese of the Ceasefire Unit at 973-321-1342.