A teenager has been arrested and charged for his alleged role in the deadly gas station shooting on Broadway, according to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.
D’Andre Ruff, 18-year-old, of Paterson, was arrested on Friday. He has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon in the killing of 33-year-old Michael Richardson.
Ruff and an unidentified man engaged Richardson in a verbal dispute on Wednesday, authorities said. Moments later, both suspects opened fire on Richardson with handguns, striking him several times.
Richardson was found lying on the ground in the parking lot of the BP gas station on Broadway with apparent gunshot wounds. He was taken to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.
Police observed Ruff and another man 22-year-old Keyron Greene walking together on Broadway and Straight Street on Friday. Ruff and Greene tried to run from the officers, but were placed under arrest after a brief foot chase.
Ruff and Greene allegedly had handguns in their possession with high capacity magazines. Ruff also had several glassine envelopes of heroin.
Ruff was charged with weapons and drug offenses after his arrest. Greene was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of hollow point bullets, receiving stolen property, obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest.
Greene is not accused of playing a role in the December 16 homicide, police said.
Ruff could face life in prison if convicted.
Greene could face 10 years in prison if convicted on the weapons charges.