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16-year-old charged in connection with shooting that killed Morris County man, left 2 injured

PATERSON, NJ (Passaic County) – A 16-year-old has been charged in connection to a shooting earlier this month in Paterson that left a Morris County man dead and two others injured, according to Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

The Paterson teen was charged with acts of juvenile delinquency that would constitute the crimes of first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose if he were an adult.

On Oct. 3, at around 3:47 p.m., police responded to the area of Broadway and Rosa Parks Boulevard on a reported shooting. Three victims with gunshot wounds were located, Valdes said.

The first victim, Jerrell Wright, 23, of Riverdale Borough suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and was subsequently pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Valdes said.

The remaining victims, Shaheem Clark, 19, of Elmwood Park Borough and Charles Obee, 57, of Paterson, survived, Valdes said.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the identification of the 16-year-old boy as one of the individuals involved in the shooting. The juvenile was taken into custody Thursday morning without incident and is currently detained pending further court proceedings, Valdes said.

The matter has been referred to the Passaic County Family Court, Juvenile Part, for further proceedings, Valdes said.

This investigation remains active and ongoing, Valdes said.

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

Jay Edwards

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