Police arrest Paterson shooting suspect in Wayne | Paterson Times

Police arrest Paterson shooting suspect in Wayne


A 46-year-old city woman was arrested early Friday afternoon for allegedly shooting a 38-year-old woman on 18th Avenue and East 33rd Street on September 20th, 2015, said police director Jerry Speziale.

Leigh White was arrested at a Wayne Township hotel and charged with attempted murder, weapons offense, said the director. She was also charged with weapon possession by a person not allowed to have a weapon.

White was identified as the shooting suspect in the early Sunday morning shooting on 18th Avenue and East 33rd Street following an investigation by Ceasefire Unit detectives Francisco Brito, Christopher Ravallese and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office detective Michael Boone.

City police, following an intense hunt for the suspect, captured White with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force.

White allegedly inflicted multiple gunshot wounds to a 38-year-old woman at about 12:05 a.m. When police responded to the scene the victim was found suffering from the gunshot wounds to her upper body at the intersection.

Police transported the shooting victim to the hospital for treatment. The 38-year-old is still undergoing treatment — she remains in critical condition, according to police.

“Once again, this represents the tremendous partnership working side by side with our county and federal counterparts in an effort to make our city safer,” said Speziale. “Our department is grateful for the assistance provided by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the United States Marshal Service.”

White was previously charged with attempted murder in March 2014 for allegedly wounding a 36-year-old woman during an argument inside an East 27th Street home, according to Paterson Times records.

Speziale said White is being detained at the city police headquarters after Friday afternoon’s arrest. She is awaiting transport to Passaic County Jail and bail setting, said the director.