Three men and one woman were wounded in two early Sunday morning shootings in the city, according to police.
A 20-year-old man, a 20-year-old woman, and a 22-year old man were shot while sitting inside a car outside a residence on Chadwick Street at about 2:45 a.m., according to police.
Police responded to Chadwick and Mary Streets and located the 22-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the hand. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment. The other two victims arrived by private vehicle at Saint Joseph’s Regional Medical Center seeking treatment.
The 20-year-old man was shot in the upper torso while the 20-year-old woman was struck in the hip area, according to police.
Less than two hours later, a 32-year-old man was shot in the head on 11th Avenue near East 29th Street at about 4 a.m., according to police.
Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit, said the victim was found seated in a vehicle that had struck several parked cars before coming to halt in front of a home.
Police rushed him to the hospital.
The 20-year-old woman, the 22-year-old man both are in stable condition. The 20-year-old man is in critical but stable condition. And the 32-year-old man is in very critical condition, according to police.
All four victims are city residents, according to police.
“We are analyzing the data to determine the days, times, and root cause to these shootings to determine the best resource allocation possible to combat this unusual spike in violence,” said police director Jerry Speziale.
Three people were wounded overnight on Saturday in two different city shootings. A 22-year-old Haledon man was shot in the leg at 2:50 a.m. on 12th Avenue near East 23rd Street. A 37-year-old city man and a 43-year-old Newark man were injured in another shooting on 10th Avenue and East 24th Street at about 5 a.m.
“It is incumbent upon us as law enforcement professionals to reassess our strategy and devise a plan to attack this problem,” said the director. The director said the unseasonably warm weather has contributed to flare up of violence in the city in recent weeks.
Police continue to investigate the shootings. Anyone with information is being urged to call Ceasefire detective Rolando Polio and Passaic County Proseuctor’s Office detective Michael Boone at (973) 321-1342.