PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11) — A girl died and four men were injured after a shooting took place in Paterson on Wednesday night, police said.

Officers found a 15-year-old girl with a gunshot wound to the head in the vicinity of Essex and Madison streets at around 10:20 p.m., according to officials. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four other victims, ages 21, 26, 29 and 32, suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital for treatment. An investigation by police is ongoing. 

“My heart sunk,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said, reacting to the news of what now becomes the ninth homicide and 28th shooting in Paterson this year.

The city has made it a priority to take guns off the streets. More than 400 guns have been seized the past two years. So far, 60 guns were seized this year.

The immediate goal now is to find the suspects before another shooting takes place, the mayor said.

“There are other law enforcement agencies on different levels that are involved in this investigation and making sure that there is no retaliation and just ending the activity that is taking place in that specific area is what they’re doing,” he said.

Mayor Sayegh is one of a number of officials urging the state to revisit bail reform. He said it’s critical to tackling gun violence in the city.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office asks anyone with additional information about this incident to contact the tips line at 1-877-370-PCPO or tips@passaiccountynj.org or contact the Paterson Police Detective Bureau at 973-321-1120.