Four people were wounded in a wave of overnight shootings in various parts of the city, according to the Paterson Police Department.
First of the shootings occurred on Jefferson and North Main streets at around 10:05 p.m. Thursday, police said.
Three others followed resulting in four victims, police said.
The victims include a 25-year-old man wounded in the hand, a 43-year-old man shot in the upper arm, an 18-year-old man struck in the ankle, and a 48-year-old man wounded in the knee, police said.
Police said the 25-year-old man was walking in the area of Jefferson and North Main streets at around 10:05 p.m. last night when he heard gunfire and realized he had been struck.
Less than three hours later, a 43-year-old man was wounded walking on Hamilton Avenue near Auburn Street at around 12:29 a.m. Friday.
Police could not find a shooting victim until call came gunshot victim was at a home on 12th Avenue near Straight Street.
15 minute later, another shooting occurred on Belmont and North 8th Street, police said. An 18-year-old man was wounded in the ankle at around 12:44 a.m., police said.
“The victim states he was at the intersection when he observed two masked males firing in his direction from the across the street,” Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit, said. “He attempted to flee the area but was struck as he fled.”
The violent night continued with yet another shooting on Main Street and 20th Avenue. A 48-year-old cab driver was wounded in the leg. Murray said the suspect approached the cabbie to inquire about fare at which time a handgun was produced and cash demanded.
“As the driver was speaking to him, the suspect produced a handgun and demanded the driver’s cash proceeds,” Murray said. “As the driver attempted to pull away. The suspect fired, striking the victim in the leg through the window.”
Police director Jerry Speziale said the four victims are in stable condition from the non-life-threatening injuries.
None of the four incidents appear related, Murray said.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Paterson Police Ceasefire Unit at (973) 321-1342. Anonymously send information via PatersonPD.com.
Jay Rahman contributed to this report.