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15-year-old injured in paintball attack outside Willowbrook Mall, police say

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Passaic County) – The Wayne Police Department is investigating a paintball attack that occurred outside the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne Township.

On Sunday, Nov. 8, at around 5:45 p.m., four juvenile males were walking on the sidewalk in the area of the Willowbrook Mall food court when a passenger in a passing silver or gray sedan fired multiple close range shots from a paintball gun at the group, police said.

One of the shots struck a 15-year-old just under his eye, causing significant injury. That victim required medical attention at a hospital, police said.

Police say the sedan sped off after the shooting, However, video surveillance captured the vehicle in the area of the food court prior to the incident, police said.

Witnesses described the occupants of the suspect vehicle as the following: a short Hispanic man with dark curly hair, a taller Hispanic man curly hair (pictured suspect), and a Hispanic female, average height with straight hair, police siad.

(Photo: Courtesy Wayne Township Police Department)

The male suspect in the surveillance photo entered Forever 21 and Adidas stores in the mall prior to the incident.

The Wayne Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this assault, or who recognizes the suspect in the surveillance photo, to contact the Wayne Police Detective Bureau at 973-633-3530.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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