A 31-year-old man was killed and a 26-year-old man is in critical condition at the hospital after a shooting on Godwin Avenue on Friday afternoon, according to police.
Police said 31-year-old Antonio Johnson was killed in the shooting which occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on Godwin Avenue and Rosa Parks Boulevard. Police director Jerry Speziale said responding officers found a red Cadillac that had Johnson inside crashed into a parked vehicle at the location.
Johnson was found with gunshot wound, said police. Detectives believe Johnson’s shooting resulted in the vehicle accident.
Police rendered medical attention at the scene and he was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment. He did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the emergency room.
While medics were tending to Johnson at the scene, a 26-year-old man, who had been shot at the same location, arrived at the emergency room seeking treatment. He is in critical, but stable condition, said the director.
Detectives determined there were multiple shootings at the location. Paterson and Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office detectives located multiple scenes. There was a second shooting scene in middle of Godwin Avenue between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Carroll Street, said police.
Both victims are Paterson residents, said the director.
The gunfire on Godwin Avenue just minutes before school dismissal forced the Frank Lautenberg Elementary School (formerly School 6) to hold staff and students inside the building until police determined it was safe to let out teachers and students.
“We kept all the staff and students in until police gave the okay because we didn’t know whether the gunman was still at large,” said James Smith, head of security at the Paterson Public Schools, on Friday evening. He said dismissal was delayed by 10 minutes due to the incident three blocks away from the school.
Parents appeared at the school to pick up their children while police were investigating the shootings. Smith said parents were allowed to sign and pick up their students.
This is the city’s 20th homicide this year surpassing last year’s total of 19.
Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to contact detectives Ralph Fermin, Jack DeSalvo, Mary Martinez, or Anthony Aceste at 973-321-1120.