Man was taunted before he fired shots at five people in Paterson garage | Paterson Times

Man was taunted before he fired shots at five people in Paterson garage


Julio Vasquez Larosa fired shots at five people in a garage on Elizabeth Street near Getty Avenue after they threw bottles and taunted him.

Larosa, 34, of Paterson, is charged with five counts of attempted murder and weapons offenses.

“These individuals attacked him by throwing and brandishing beer bottles against him,” said Larosa’s attorney Frank Sciro on Friday. “He was taunted on a fairly consistent basis by these people.”

Sciro said that doesn’t justify Larosa’s actions. He wanted to tell the court the incident did not happen in a vacuum.

On September 19 at about 4:10 p.m., Larosa allegedly fired shots at five people, two men sustained gunshot injuries, at 40 Elizabeth Street. One victim sustained gunshot wounds to his chest, arm, and leg while the other suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen, said Passaic County assistant prosecutor Mariam Qudah during a detention hearing on Friday. The other three people did not suffer any gunshot injuries.

Qudah said surveillance footage shows Larosa walking toward the garage. He is seen holding a black handgun. He opens the garage and fires shots. He then takes few steps back on the sidewalk. Then returns to fire more shots at the victims. Larosa runs towards Getty Avenue and makes a turn towards Hemlock Street after the shooting.

The victims are seen running out of the garage and falling on the sidewalk because of the injuries. The five victims were inside the garage watching television and hanging out, said the assistant prosecutor.

Larosa and one of the victims were involved in a verbal argument the night before, said Qudah.

Sciro suggested Larosa be released with home confinement. The assistant prosecutor argued for his detention in the Passaic County Jail until the charges are resolved.

Sciro said Larosa has a job and risk of flight is minimal. He cares for his mother who is going through chemotherapy, said the attorney.

Larosa has an aggravated sexual assault adjudication from 2001 and a firearm adjudication from 2004. He allegedly had the firearm at an education institution. He was a juvenile during both incidents.

Larosa has a drug offense from 2020.

Passaic County Superior Court judge Donna Gallucio ordered him detained. She appeared disturbed at the shooting having taken place in broad daylight.

“These were very, very violent acts,” said the judge.

Larosa became upset as the judge explained her decision.

“Ya picturing me like I’m a monster. I’m not no monster,” said Larosa. “I haven’t got a chance to say my verdict.”

Larosa could spend his entire life in state prison if convicted on all of the charges.

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  • HankMorgan

    This is nuts.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Lock him up and throw away the key. This guy obviously didn't learn his lesson 1st, 2nd, 3rd, time. As they say in Brazil (normally before they kill you) "Algumas pessoas aprendem na primeira vez, outras na segunda e algumas nunca aprendem. Você nunca aprende"

    • TK Kirkland

      Nobody asked. Nor do we care. English please.

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        The gang members who execute people who brake the hood's law (Noone robs rapes or steals in the favela. 1st time you get beaten 2nd shot) "Some people learn the first time some people the second, and some never learn, you never learn" . In Brazil he gangs ARE the government in the hood. They squash disputes, and keep the hood safe from crackheads etc.If Americans gangs ran things like Brazil (or Jamaica) they would a force to be contended with, especially come election time

        • HankMorgan

          Suggest you not respond to that user.

        • HankMorgan

          The gangs are fascist. You support fascism as a legitimate way to fight street crime. It’s not.

        • HankMorgan

          In America we have something called due process. You should Google and get educated.

    • HankMorgan

      Bolsonaro is a fascist.

      • HankMorgan

        The user below is blocked. I haven’t seen his obnoxious comments for months.

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        He is , but the gangs usually say that to you if you violate the laws of the hood. Noone robs rapes or steals in the favela. 1st time you get beaten 2nd shot

  • Plumber

    Oh he was taunted ok let him go
    What are you out of your fucking mind what a retarded lawyer lock him up for good

    • TK Kirkland

      So the lawyer (who I’m sure has more degrees than your immediate family) is a retard for practicing his career as criminal DEFENSIVE attorney? Please… Just keep unclogging toilets lol