Woodland Park man shot in the torso in Paterson, police | Paterson Times

Woodland Park man shot in the torso in Paterson, police


A Woodland Park man was wounded in the torso on Thursday evening on 8th Avenue, according to police.

The victim, 39-year-old, sustained a gunshot wound to the upper torso at about 7:30 p.m. on 8th Avenue and East 23rd Street, according to police.

He is in critical but stable condition, said police.

Police found the victim seated in the driver seat of a car that had been struck by gunfire. The vehicle was parked near the intersection.

“At this time, it appears that the victim was parked at the intersection when an unknown suspect approached and began firing at the vehicle, striking the victim in the upper body,” said lieutenant Patrick Murray, head of the Ceasefire Unit, which investigates non-fatal shootings. “As the victim attempted to flee the area, he struck a parked vehicle, and his vehicle was disabled at that time.”

The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment, according to police.

A little more than an hour later, police responded to another shooting on Rosa Parks Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue, where a 29-year-old city man was wounded in the upper torso.

The second victim was walking in the area at about 9:10 p.m. yesterday night when he was hit by gunfire, but managed to take a cab to the hospital where he is in stable condition, according to police.

Police director Jerry Speziale said the city is putting in place new initiatives to curb the wave of street violence that closed December and continued into January.

“In response to the recent violence we will be reassessing our strategic initiatives and will be placing our new focus deterrent came out in the street to focus on groups responsible for guns, drugs and violence,” said Speziale.