Labor Day weekend sees 5 shootings in Paterson, NJ

PATERSON, NJ -- At least eight people were injured or killed by gunfire in Paterson over the holiday weekend, authorities said.

The latest incident occurred just after 11 p.m. on Sunday when bullets peppered a black BMW on 12th Avenue. Police found four people inside the vehicle. Two were dead, including a 48-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman. Another man and woman in the car were seriously injured.

Paterson's Police Director Jerry Speziale said at gun reform rally on Monday morning that police are working tirelessly to stem the tide of violence, but that it's an uphill battle.

"We have tons of guns flowing into the city of Paterson," he said.

Monday's rally was organized by U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, who railed against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick.

"If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, the gun industry will have new ammunition in their war to overturn commonsense laws aimed at protecting our children, keeping our streets safe, and stopping deadly firearms from falling into the wrong hands," Menendez said.

In addition to Sunday night's deadly shooting in Paterson, police are investigating three separate shootings that happened Saturday at Highland and Sparrow streets, on Market Street and on East 24th Street.

On Friday night, police said, a 23-year-old man showed up to St. Joseph's Medical Center suffering from gunshot wounds. Where he was shot is still unknown.

Police are asking anyone with information about Sunday's fatal shooting or the other non-fatal incidents that happened during the holiday weekend to call the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office at 877-370-PCPO.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of last nights gun violence," Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said. "We’ve seen way too many innocent lives lost because of gun violence."

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