A man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a shooting early Sunday morning in Paterson, police said.
Authorities have released few details about the shooting, which took place near Belle Avenue and Hopper Street around 1:47 a.m.
Police called to the scene found a 45-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both from Paterson, with gunshot wounds. The woman was taken to St. Joseph University Medical Center on Sunday morning, where she was in critical condition.
The victims were not identified. Police are still looking for suspects.
Anyone with information can contact the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office tipline at 1-877-370-PCPO or [email protected] or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.
Police had cordoned off the area for several hours early Sunday morning as they searched for evidence. A plastic sheet had been draped over a body at the scene, in a neighborhood of mostly three-story multi-family homes on the north side of town, near the border with Prospect Park.
It was the 18th murder in Paterson this year. The Silk City had a record homicide rate last year, with 29.
The latest murder comes as the Paterson Police Department is in turmoil.
Mayor Andre Sayegh filed resignation papers for police chief Ibrahim Baycora on Tuesday, calling him “an absentee chief.” This came just days after the chief sued Sayegh and the city, accusing the mayor of creating a hostile work environment and trying to force him out of his job by “talking badly about him” to subordinates and community leaders.
Earlier this month, several former police officers known as the “robbery squad” were sentenced to prison terms and probation for their part in robbing and beating people they illegally detained in Paterson — crimes they tried to cover up with false police reports.
This article originally appeared on NorthJersey.com: Paterson night shooting brings murder toll to 18 for 2022